China: Seven killed, 94 injured in massive explosion

The explosion occurred at 2 p.m. at Xinmin Town, Fugu County, in Shaanxi Province.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:October 24, 2016 8:38 pm
Rescue workers are seen at site after an explosion hit a town in Fugu county, Shaanxi province, China, October 24, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. Rescue workers are seen at site after an explosion hit a town in Fugu county, Shaanxi province, China, October 24, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS.

At least seven people were killed and 94 others injured when a powerful explosion destroyed a prefabricated house and damaged nearby buildings in China on Monday. The explosion occurred at 2 p.m. at Xinmin Town, Fugu County, in Shaanxi Province. Initial investigation indicates that the makeshift house had been built inside a residential compound.

It remains unclear what caused the explosion, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The township’s hospital was among the buildings destroyed or damaged by the blast, reporters at the scene confirmed.

Dozens of firefighters and rescuers are combing the rubble for more survivors.

So far 94 people had been admitted to hospital, including four who are in intensive care. The rescue operations are continuing.