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Although the exact number of casualties in the explosion at Chenjiagang Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Jiangsu Province, China, has not been confirmed, there are children among the injured, CGTN reported. There are several residential buildings as well as schools located near the area of the blast.
Additional rescuers have been called from adjacent cities to help, despite over 80 fire trucks and almost 400 firefighters already working to bring the situation under control.
UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. EDT – According to Chinese international English-language news channel CGTN, 31 people were rescued so far from the Chenjiagang Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Jiangsu Province, China, where an explosion occurred Thursday at a plant making pesticides. Twelve of those rescued had sustained injuries, the exact nature of which was not known.
The China Earthquake Administration reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was detected in Jiangsu, suspected to have been caused by the impact of the explosion, according to South China Morning Post.
According to a BBC reporter in China, as many as 86 fire trucks were sent to the site of the explosion.
An explosion in the Chenjiagang Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, rocked the industrial area of eastern China on Thursday.
The blast reportedly took place at 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. EDT) at the plant, which produced pesticides. Although there were no confirmed casualties, a video shot near the scene showed several people unconscious, lying on the pavement and others injured. The video was not verified by official sources.
According to RT, a spokesman for the Lianyungang City fire brigade confirmed that a fire fighting crew had been deployed to the scene but said, “the exact situation is still unclear.”
The explosion covered tens of kilometers, according to videos of the explosion shared on social media. It has reportedly not affected other factories in the industrial park.