— SparkxNow (@SparkxNow) August 12, 2015
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 12, 2015
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 set off a chain of explosions in nearby industrial sites.
Images released by state media showed evacuated people running in the streets. The blast wave shattered windows in some residential areas, witnesses say.
“All of a sudden there was a flash of big red light, and a big sound. And 10 seconds afterwards, there was a big wave,” the South China Morning Post cited one online user. Tianjin is a major port city southeast of Beijing with population of more than 7.5 million people.
— RT (@RT_com) August 12, 2015
— Matt Simon (@MSimonTV) August 12, 2015