Hundreds injured, at least 13 people dead and in a blast that shot a fire ball hundreds of feet into the air rocked a city in China, today. And all we know is a shipment of “dangerous goods” exploded today.
The Guardian reported: A shipment of “dangerous goods” in a warehouse went up in flames shortly before midnight local time (0500 GMT), state media reported, causing explosions so strong that they shook homes on the other side of the city and sent flaming debris arching over nearby high-rise buildings.
Hundreds of injured people crowded into hospitals, arriving on foot and by car after emergency services were overwhelmed.
Watch the video. The explosion shook buildings across the city.
The explosion happened just before midnight but triggered secondary explosions and fires in the surrounding area, state television reported on microblogging site, Weibo.
The first blast was equal in strength to the detonation of three tons of TNT, while the second was the equivalent of 21 tons of the explosive, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said. The explosions, which took place within 30 seconds, were so strong that they registered at a nearby earthquake monitoring centre, the official People’s Daily reported on Twitter. The US Geological Survey registered a series of seismological actions at a seismometer station in Beijing, which is more than 160km from the blast.
Videos posted on social media showed a pillar of flame that dwarfed nearby high-rise buildings, and shook homes several miles away. The blasts ripped offices and homes apart, and sent chunks of masonry flying through the air, pictures showed. One car was crushed by the debris and another was half buried in a crater in the road.
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