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'At least' 7 dead, 300 hurt in China warehouse blast

Published 12/08/2015

An explosion injured hundreds in a Chinese warehouse
An explosion injured hundreds in a Chinese warehouse

At least seven people have been killed in explosions sparked at a warehouse for dangerous materials in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, police said.

The state-run Beijing News said on its website that that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in the city, east of Beijing. It said the explosions shattered windows and knocked off doors of buildings in the area.

Police in Tianjin said an initial blast took place in shipping containers at a warehouse for hazardous materials owned by a logistics company.

The official Xinhua News agency said an initial explosion triggered other blasts at nearby businesses.

The National Earthquake Bureau reported two major blasts before midnight, the first with an equivalent of three tons of TNT, and the second with the equivalent of 21 tons.

Photos circulating online show a gigantic fireball high in the sky, with a mushroom-cloud.

State broadcaster CCTV says six battalions of firefighters had brought the ensuing fire under control.

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