Massive explosions have injured hundreds at an industrial port in Tianjin, China as shipments of explosives caught fire.
The initial explosions occurred roughly 30 seconds apart just before midnight local time but spurred further fires and explosions throughout the nearby area. Xinhua news agency said the explosions, the first equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT and the second to 21 tonnes of TNT, ripped through a warehouse. More than 700 have been injured and hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of casualties.
Tianjin is one of China’s most important industrial centres, and one of the busiest ports in the world.President Xi Jinping has promised a thorough investigation into what happened and “transparent information disclosure to the public,” Xinhua reports.Despite the devastation, the port was operating normally, a port official said