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SEE IT: Massive explosion in China leaves hundreds injured

At least seven people are reported dead and 300 others injured after a massive explosion ripped through China’s northern city of Tianjin in a blast that was seen from space.

Video taken around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday shows a fireball briefly lighting up night sky over surrounding skyscrapers before another blast sends shocked spectators nearly falling to the floor. 

Chinese state media has reported that between 300 and 400 people have been admitted to hospitals, with most injuries said to be from broken glass, stones and burns.

Explosives inside of a warehouse are believed to be behind the fiery blast roughly 90 miles southeast of Beijing, The BBC reported, correcting initial reports which cited a petrol station.

The National Earthquake Bureau reported two major blasts before midnight, the first with an equivalent of 3 tons of TNT, and the second with the equivalent of 21 tons.

The official China Daily reported that the logistics company running the warehouse had proper approval for the business. The initial blast is believed to have ignited other explosions at nearby companies.

The fire has since been declared “under control” though two firefighters are said to be missing, Xinhua news agency reported.

One video taken from the streets appears to show bloodied bodies lying lifeless on the ground while yet another shows a man being knocked down by shattering glass doors.

The explosion’s astounding size was further illustrated in a photo taken from space, according to a photo shared by the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center.

Some residents claimed that their glass windows and fish tanks shattered.

One woman told local media that she was out shopping when she was rocked by the explosion.

“At the time of the explosion the ground was shaking fiercely, nearby cars and buildings were shaking, a few buildings’ glass all broke and everyone started to run,” she said, according to the BBC. “Now all the residents are gathered in the street.”

This is developing news. Check back for updates.



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