A massive explosion rocked the Foxconn's Chengdu manufacturing facility earlier this morning (about 7 P.M. their time). Reports say the explosion emanated from the A05 building, where Foxconn keeps the iPad 2 production line.
In a statement to Gizmodo, Foxconn representatives have confirmed two deaths and 16 injuries from the incident, with three of the injuries reported as serious. Although the situation is now said to be under control, it was bedlam earlier, with over 10 ambulances and 10 fire engines rushed to the scene.
The production line will remain shut down as investigators determine the cause of the horrible accident. An initial police examination seems to have ruled out human error as the cause, at least at first glance.
While the death and destruction is, of course, the greatest tragedy, the explosion may also hold economic ramifications for Apple. The company was already having trouble keeping up with the demand for the iPad 2. The explosion and the resulting halt of production will probably increase the delay in new shipments.