Massive blasts rock Chinese city of Tianjin; 44 dead, hundreds injured

CNN
Date: August 13, 2015
By: Steven Jiang, Dana Ford and Jethro Mullen, CNN

Tianjin, China (CNN)A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin

Firefighters walk past burned out Valkswagen cars near he site of the explosions.
Firefighters walk past burned out Valkswagen cars near he site of the explosions.

late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media.

The cause was not immediately clear.

Liu Yue, a 25-year-old Tianjin resident, said she felt the first blast but didn’t think too much of it.

“The second explosion was so powerful that I felt the entire 16-floor-building was shaking,” said Liu, who lives about 4 kilometers (2½ miles) from the site of the blasts. “I thought it was an earthquake! I was extremely scared. I was afraid my family was in danger.”
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The initial explosion erupted at a warehouse for a logistics company in an industrial area of the port city, according to Tianjin police. The company was identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd.

The state-run news agency Xinhua reported that an explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous and chemical goods” in Binhai, an area of the city by the water.

The firefighting division of the Chinese Public Security Ministry said firefighters were first called to the scene about a fire. An explosion went off after they arrived, it said.     [FULL  STORY]

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