A series of massive explosions ripped through China’s city of Tianjin. The first explosion was caught on video and happened at approximately 11:30 p.m. local time, or 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday and killed at least 44 people. The number keeps rising. The explosion was caused by inflammables and explosives that were in a container terminal, according to China Xinhua News. The explosion took place at Tianjian Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd., according to CCTV. At least 259 people were injured, mostly from broken glass or stones. Some injuries were serious. Other news sources are reporting that hospitals were overflowing with injuries, many from high-temperature burns.
This video, taken from far away, gives an idea of just how massive the explosion was:
The explosion was so huge that shockwaves were felt for many kilometers. CCTV reported that buildings were collapsed as far as 10 kilometers away. The fireballs from the first explosion set off additional explosions in the nearby area.
At first, no one was sure what caused the explosions and some people thought the cause was an earthquake, until video and photos of the explosion began to surface. Nearby residents said their windows and fish tanks shattered from the shock waves, iCrossChina reported.
According to China Xinhua News, the fire is now under control but two firefighters are not accounted for. However, CCTV later reported that firefighters were letting the blaze burn, but some feared winds might cause the blaze to spread.
The explosion was so huge, it was reportedly picked up by the Himawari 8 weather satellite:
Nearby residents with businesses in the area said the early word is that everyone is OK, but they are still waiting on more information.
Here are more videos of the explosion, from different angles, locations and times.
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