Massive explosion rocks Chinese city, reports of injuries

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A massive explosion late Wednesday shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, startling nearby residents with tremors and noise, but it was not known immediately if there were any casualties, according to state media.

An explosion took place in China's northern city of Tianjin late Wednesday, August 12, 2015 evening, according to China's state-owned broadcaster CCTV. The explosion occurred at a container port where flammable material was being stored in containers, says CCTV. Residents report hearing loud explosions and feeling strong tremors nearby. The Teda Hospital, located near the scene of explosion, has received more than 50 injured people, the country's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. (Courtesy: Chinese Public Security Ministry via CNN)

An explosion took place in China’s northern city of Tianjin late Wednesday, August 12, 2015 evening, according to China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV. The explosion occurred at a container port where flammable material was being stored in containers, says CCTV. Residents report hearing loud explosions and feeling strong tremors nearby. The Teda Hospital, located near the scene of explosion, has received more than 50 injured people, the country’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported. (Courtesy: Chinese Public Security Ministry via CNN)

The explosion in Tianjin erupted at a container port where flammable material was being stored in containers, reported CCTV, China’s state-owned broadcaster.

The Chinese broadcaster said it was unable to confirm the number of those injured or whether any people had been killed.

Firefighters were dispatched immediately, according to the Tianjin Public Security Bureau. According to preliminary analysis, the explosion was caused by a shipping container, the Bureau said.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows a massive fireball before several explosions.

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