TIANJIN, China, Aug. 13 ( Andrew V. Pestano ) — The death toll following the two massive explosions in the port city of Tianjin, China, has risen to at least 44 people, including at least 12 responding firefighters.
At least 520 people are hospitalized with injuries — 66 of which in critical condition, according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency.
At about 11:30 p.m., an explosion rocked Tianjin with a second, more powerful explosion following seconds later. A fireball shot into the sky that could be seen from space. Hundreds of cars were burnt, office blocks were destroyed and buildings within a radius of 1.5 miles had windows blown out.
About 1,000 firefighters, using 140 fire trucks, fought flames through the night. Tianjin has a population of about 15 million people and is located southeast of Beijing, China’s capital.