Chinese Storm Lead Plant in Poison Protest

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2009 4:04 AM CDT
Protesters stormed the the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. plant after close to 600 children were poisoned.

(Newser) – Chinese furious about a lead smelting plant that has sickened some 600 children stormed the factory yesterday after a suicide attempt by teenager who feared she had been poisoned, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some 150 children have been hospitalized due to lead poisoning near the plant in northwest China's Shanxi province. Protesters busted down the factory gates and trashed trucks. Most of them dispersed after police arrived. Plant activities have been suspended.