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Pegatron blast may be linked to aluminum dust from iPads

12/20, 2:35pm

Similarities drawn to Foxconn incident

A December 17th explosion at a Pegatron-owned planet in Shanghai was connected to aluminum dust generated while polishing iPad shells, says a group called China Labor Watch. Aluminum dust is known to highly combustible, and CLW suggests that the blast on the 17th was similar to an accident at a Foxconn plant in May, which the company blamed on "combustible dust."

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Unopened Pegatron plant explosion injures 61, may curb iPad

12/18, 11:00pm

Pegatron plant sees blast shortly before opening

Apple's iPad production may have seen an at least temporary setback after reports late Sunday of an explosion at a yet-to-open plant from Pegatron subsidiary Riteng in Shanghai. The blast on the fourth floor on Saturday injured between 57 and 61, depending on conflicting claims. There hadn't been a fire, but some equipment had been damaged.

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