Beijing - A enormous blast shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing seven and harming no less than 180 individuals, as indicated by state media.

CCTV a China’s state-owned broadcaster reported that the explosion erupted at a container port where flammable material was being stored.

The explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods” in the Binhai New Area. It said that at least 180 people were injured, mostly from stones or broken glass. Some injuries were serious. As reported by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

According to Xinhua, the initial blast triggered secondary explosions and activating neighborhood tremors. Residents said the blast shattered windows and fish tanks.

Chinese Public Security Ministry, firefighting division reported that firefighters were initially called to the scene about a fire. The blast happened after they arrived and damaged buildings and infrastructure.

Four firefighters were harmed and two more have lost contact, the ministry said.

The People’s Daily also reported that seven people had been killed.

The blast had erupted from a shipment of explosives in a key industrial zone in Binhai New Area at about 11:30 pm local time (3:30 pm GMT), state broadcaster China Central Television said. The initial blast triggered a suspected petrol explosion in an adjacent reservoir.

Images released by state media showed evacuated people running in the streets.


See also: Photos and videos of the bloody explosion in Tianjin China and aftermath


- By: Kevin N.