TIANJIN, China – A massive explosion shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday and officials said at least 13 are dead and more than 300 are injured. The cause was not immediately clear.
The explosion erupted at a container port where flammable material was being stored, reported CCTV, China’s state-owned broadcaster.
The state-run Xinhua news agency reported the explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods” in the Binhai New Area.
The state-run Beijing News said on its website that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in the city, east of Beijing. It says the explosion shattered windows and knocked off doors of buildings in the area. The official China Daily says the explosion occurred in a warehouse for dangerous materials.
The injuries were mostly caused by stones or broken glass, Xinhua reported. Some are serious.
The initial blast triggered secondary explosions, causing local tremors, according to Xinhua. Residents said the blast shattered windows and fish tanks.
The firefighting division of the Chinese Public Security Ministry reported that firefighters were first called to the scene about a fire. The explosion happened after they arrived and damaged buildings and infrastructure. Four firefighters were injured and two more have lost contact, the ministry said.