At Least 17 Deaths Reported After Powerful Blast Rocks China’s Fourth-Largest City, Tianjin

17 Deaths Reported After Powerful Blast Rocks China's Fourth-Largest City, Tianjin
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TIANJIN, China, Aug. 12 (Elizabeth Shim) — A massive explosion rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin late Thursday, killing at least 17 and injuring hundreds of people.
Amateur video footage of the explosion showed a large-scale explosion about 11:30 p.m. lighting up a dark sky far on the horizon from where the footage was taken.

At least 17 people died in the blast, Britain’s The Guardian reported. China’s Xinhuanews agency said 259 people were injured, 11 critically.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported the explosion was caused by flammables and explosives at a container terminal. The agency said the blast set off a number of other explosions at buildings nearby.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said nearby tower blocks were without power, the BBC reported.

Video of the explosion has quickly spread through social media, including Weibo.

Twitter user @freewill89 said a “powerful blast” rocked Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, that faces a coastal area and the Yellow Sea that separates China from the Korean peninsula.

The emerging business district includes a new airport completed in 2012 and is home to 219 Fortune 500 companies, according to China Daily.


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