17 killed, 400 injured in China port explosions


Beijing, August 13: At least 17 people have been killed and over 400 injured, 32 of them seriously, in twin blasts reportedly caused by combustible and explosive goods stored in containers at a warehouse in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin.

The blasts ripped through the Ruihai warehouse, which stores dangerous goods, at 11.20 PM local time yesterday,following a fire report half an hour earlier.

Fireballs erupted then ignited more explosions in companies nearby,according to rescuers, sources said.

The massive blasts were caused by combustible and explosive goods stored in containers at the warehouse, said reports.

Chemicals at a container terminal exploded in Binhai New Area in Tianjin.

Official television CCTV showed footage of massive explosions in the city.

More than 10,000 people were reportedly evacuated from the nearby areas.

It said 17 people were killed and over 400 injured in the incident. The condition of 32 of them was stated to be serious.

In the video, huge mushroom cloud and fire can be seen far off. Fire still raging at the place of explosions with huge smoke billowing out.

As soon as the explosion was under control, some taxi drivers and private car owners have voluntarily helped with sending the wounded to hospitals.

Some hotels have provided free accommodation to residents displaced by the blast.

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