Two persons were killed and nine others injured Sunday afternoon in an explosion at a laboratory of China’s top national aerospace university – the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. More specifically, the incident occurred at the College of Material Science and Technology. The five laboratories are dedicated to nuclear energy equipment materials, energy conversion, materials preparation and protection from harsh environments and electrochemical storage.The blast also led to a fire. Smoke was seen billowing from the lab following the blaze. The reason for the explosion is under investigation. The identities of the victims have not been released.
The school’s website says more than 1,000 foreign students have attended courses at the school in engineering, business and the Chinese language. The Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics was established in 1952 and evolved from a teaching-oriented university to a research-oriented university that is administrated by the Commission of National Defense Science, Technology and Industry. It has remained one of the top 10 universities in China since 1991 in terms of the total number of achievements and awards in science and technology research and development. It has been hosting exchange students coming from universities in Australia, Canada, France and Germany.