Multiple news sources are reporting an explosion at a Foxconn Chengdu manufacturing plant primarily responsible for iPad 2 production. The explosion occurred around 7 p.m. in China, or around 4 a.m. PDT. So far, six men and one woman have been reported as injured as a result of the blast, according to MICgadget. Two of those injuries are reported as serious.
The explosion occurred in building A5, which is where iPad 2 (s aapl) production reportedly takes place. The entire plant was opened only last year, and was thought to be created primarily to support increased demand for iPad production. Reporters were told to steer clear of the facility because a second explosion could possibly occur.
The extent of the damage to the facility and the cause have not yet been determined, but the explosion is said to have occurred during a worker shift change, which could account for the relatively low number of reported injuries given the apparent size of the blast.
Apple is already struggling to meet iPad demand, and I’ve spoken with a few people recently who’ve had their iPad 2 deliveries postponed because of “unexpected delays.” It’s unclear how this might further affect production constraints, but it certainly won’t help the situation.