According to initial reports, Chinese government authorities have called for emergency safety inspections that could halt Foxconn production. While many reports are claiming that the China factory explosion could reportedly affect iPhone-6 production – there's still no official word from Foxconn to confirm this.
According to sources near the incident, "a massive dust explosion at a metal polishing factory in China's Jiangsu province, which claimed 75 lives and injured hundreds, has triggered a nationwide production halt and safety inspection, which may affect Foxconn's output." The body of Apple's upcoming smartphone, and its Chinese counterparts and rivals, are made of an aluminum alloy, which must then be polished. The process, however, often causes flammable metal dust to flow in the air.
According to inside sources, the national work safety authority has sent dust experts to carry out investigations and ordered all polishing workshops — including Foxconn's facility — across China, to stop production and begin self-inspection on production safety. As a result, the source expects the production of the iPhone 6, Xiaomi 4, and MX4 to be affected.
The incident is considered to be the biggest industry accident this year, according to China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based non-governmental labour organization.
A doctor, speaking anonymously via state broadcaster CCTV's account on social network Weibo said "In my 20 years of work, I've never seen so many patients with burns on over 80% of their bodies."
One source states that "At least 75 people have been killed and hundreds more injured by an explosion at a car part factory in China." The incident was reported on by China's CCTV as noted below.