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Explosion in iPad 2 Factory at Foxconn Kills Two

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Tragedy strikes tech factory.

An explosion at one of the factories Apple uses to make the iPad 2 has claimed the lives of at least two workers.

At approximately Friday 7 p.m. local time in Chengdu, China, the A05 building at the Foxconn campus exploded, propelling debris away from the site. The building structure remained intact, but smoke billowed out from the damage. The situation is now under control, with attentions now turned to the wounded.

10 fire engines, 10 ambulances and many police were at the scene. A Foxconn official statement confirms that there are two dead and 16 other employees injured.

Foxconn said that it is cooperating fully with authorities in determining the cause of the explosion. Early reports are ruling out human factors.

"Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident," the company said in a statement.

The A05 building is home to a production line for the Apple iPad 2. MIC Gadget's report suspects that, with production halted, there is the expectation for the scalping price of the device to increase dramatically on the Chinese market.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to All Things D. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

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    sseyler , May 21, 2011 4:23 PM
    This wouldn't really be news, except for the fact that it happened at a Foxconn factory. People just love ripping on Foxconn.
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    jednx01 , May 21, 2011 4:25 PM
    Remind me never to work at foxconn. That place seems like its in the news every other month...
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    nforce4max , May 21, 2011 4:49 PM
    "They were holding it wrong"
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    someguynamedmatt , May 21, 2011 5:07 PM
    I just dont care any more. That's all there is to it. Good for them.
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    Assmar , May 21, 2011 5:15 PM
    Where can we send you news tips on stuff we read in the BBC yesterday?
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 5:19 PM
    A halt on iPad production, it is the end of the world :) 
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    NightLight , May 21, 2011 5:21 PM
    apple will now probably charge MORE for the ipad, since it now has extra blood on it.
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 5:23 PM
    Now all the workers will have to sign a "no death from explosions" contract...
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    drwho1 , May 21, 2011 5:43 PM
    so the "world ends today" and started with Foxconn?

    this are great news!
    who will be next Apple? M$?

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    bokuden , May 21, 2011 6:06 PM
    The A05 building is home to a production like for the Apple iPad 2

    Is Marcus channeling his inner valley girl today?
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    kikireeki , May 21, 2011 6:10 PM
    Hopefully it is not a suicide bomber!
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 6:21 PM
    Apple wanted to raise the price of the iPad, I wouldn't put it beyond them to engineer this themselves. Human lives, especially workers, are not worth a penny in China or India.
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    Murissokah , May 21, 2011 7:05 PM
    Apparently they were trying to add flash support to the device.
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    jj463rd , May 21, 2011 7:20 PM

    kikireekiHopefully it is not a suicide bomber!

    Every iPad owner is a potential suicide bomber.
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 7:22 PM
    Must have been a "bad apple" :-)
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 7:31 PM
    It's freeking China, they do everything the cheapest way possible, this way you get things that go BOOM, just like in Japan. In China work is cheap, people would kill each other to get a job instead of killing their oppressors to be a free country.
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    damianrobertjones , May 21, 2011 7:32 PM
    Is the Ipad 1 factory in a different place? I need to know as, you see, the article states 'ipad 2' factory.
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    beayn , May 21, 2011 8:00 PM
    The delays will make the ipad 2 highly sought after. There will be such a mystique surrounding it that every last Apple fan will absolutely have to buy one.
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    BulkZerker , May 21, 2011 8:03 PM
    I have a feeling the cause was an employee "passing out" on the line and their body being soldered burst into flames.
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    therandomuser , May 21, 2011 8:45 PM
    Man... you people took all the good puns and jokes... Time to work at Foxconn! That or move to China. Maybe I won't be hurt by any scalping deaths.
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