UPDATED 6 p.m. EDT, Aug. 12, 2015: The death toll was updated to 13 in the massive explosion in Tianjin, China, according to CCTV America. Eleven people have serious injuries and 248 others are also hospitalized, the report said.

UPDATED 5:17 p.m. EDT, Aug. 12, 2015: At least seven people were killed in the fiery explosion that erupted at an industrial port in Tianjin in northeast China. Dozens of others were injured by flying glass and flaming debris, the Guardian reported.




The force of the blast was felt miles away and fireballs were ejected into the air. The explosion occured shortly before midnight Wednesday, local time, but was followed by secondary explosions and fires in the surrounding area, state television reported.

Original story:

Scores of people were hospitalized in northeast China after a massive blast hit an industrial area Wednesday night, and the number of wounded continued to rise as dawn breaks. The explosion went off around 11:30 p.m. local time in Tianjin, a port city. It occurred at a fuel storage station at Binhai new district, according to the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV News.

Several nearby high-rises lost power, and shock waves from the explosion were felt miles away. Shaken residents evacuated their homes in fear of an earthquake, and some reported chemical gas leaks, CCTV News reported. But the blast was reportedly caused by flammable cargo and explosives, the state-owned Xinhau News Agency reported.

At least 50 people were hospitalized at the local Teda Hospital in Tianjin, the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily reported. Another 300 to 400 people were also apparently wounded, with no casualties reported so far. Six fire brigades were on scene battling the blaze, which could take hours to fully extinguish, CCTV News reported.