At least 17 are dead and hundreds injured following massive explosions in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin.
The port city’s skyline was lit by a fireball and mushroom cloud at approximately 11:30pm local time on Wednesday; the first explosion, in the Binhai district, set off others in nearby buildings.
Media outlets in China estimate the death toll is at 17 and rising. Hundreds are being treated for their injuries, with between 300 and 400 people sent to one hospital alone.
The explosions were large enough to be seen from space, with Japanese weather satellite Himawari eight capturing images of the fireball as it passed overhead.
The Tianjin disaster is the third major explosion in eastern China in recent months: a factory in Kunshan exploded earlier this month, and another blast hit an oil storage facility in Zhangzhou in April.
The cause of the Tianjin explosions is not yet known. – Jake Nelson
Top image screenshot from amateur footage on CCTV’s site.