A massive series of explosions rocked China’s 4th largest city around midnight local time.
According to CNBC, a smaller blast, the equivalent 3 tons of TNT, triggered a larger one equaling approximately 20 tons, shaking the port city of Tianjin.
China’s “Xinhua news agency said a fire started by the explosion was ‘under control’ but said two firefighters were missing. Shockwaves from the blast could apparently be felt several kilometres away from Tianjin,” the BBC reports.
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“At the time of the explosion the ground was shaking fiercely, nearby cars and buildings were shaking, a few buildings’ glass all broke and everyone started to run,” Ms. Yang, an eyewitness, told local media.
The blast came with such force that many residents thought they were experiencing an earthquake and fled outside buildings to the streets.
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“Some local reports indicated that residents had been warned to close their windows in case of hazardous gases,” according to CNBC.
Tianjin is a major port and industrial area about 70 miles southeast of the Chinese capital, Beijing. It is home to 7.5 million people.
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