An explosion took place in Jining of East China’s Shandong Province on Saturday at 9:30AM (GMT +8) that saw two people killed and many injured, reports the Global Times.
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A video of the explosion shared on Twitter showed a huge mushroom over buildings and some destruction on the street. The explosion is said to have taken place at an agricultural storage site.
#Breaking: An explosion occurred near a market in Jining, East China's Shandong Province on Saturday morning. Casualty unknown. pic.twitter.com/XPgYy0kCHt— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 15, 2020
An early investigation revealed that locals may have accidentally damaged electric wires during woodcutting. This unfortunate accident led to a fire that then triggered the explosion.
“I heard a sudden explosive sound around 9:30. The strong explosion shattered all windows of my house. It's like an earthquake. Ceilings of residential houses in the county have collapsed," a local resident in Shandong's Mamiao county told the Global Times. The resident added that local police have sequestered the area.
A hotel owner from an establishment that is less than 1640 feet (500 meters) from the explosion told the Global Times that there were two explosions. These took place about a minute apart. However, local authorities did not report two explosions.
The hotel owner also added that, at first, she thought there may be an earthquake as the whole building shook. It was only after seeing smoke outside and hearing the second blast that she realized it was an explosion.
She described that windows of stores shattered and many roofs collapsed. She also reported that emergency rescue personnel provided food and accommodation to those affected by the explosion.
IE will continue to update this story as more information comes in.