China: 17 killed in Tianjin port explosions

At least 17 people have been killed and over 400 injured in two massive explosions followed by heavy fire at a warehouse containing chemical and toxic materials in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media reported on Thursday (August 13). The blasts ripped through the Ruihai warehouse, which stores dangerous goods, at 11.20 PM local time yesterday, following a fire report half an hour earlier. Fireballs erupted then ignited more explosions in companies nearby, according to rescuers, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Official television CCTV showed footage of massive explosions in the city. More than 10,000 people were reportedly evacuated from the nearby areas. Tianjin, a major port city is located about 150 kms from Beijing. It said 17 people were killed and over 400 injured in the incident. The TV report said the fire still yet to be contained as firefighters can not use water to put it out due to presence of chemicals and instead has to use sand and other materials to contain it.
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