The massive explosion in the city of Tianjin, China on Wednesday (August 12) night that killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds.
The first explosion happened at about 23:30 on Wednesday was followed by another, more powerful blast, seconds later. Shockwaves were felt several kilometers away and it registered as an earthquake, CNN reported.
Below is the possible caused of explosion, according to Reuters report.
The warehouse, designed to house dangerous and toxic chemicals, was storing mainly ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate and calcium carbide at the time of the blasts, according to police.
Chemical safety experts said calcium carbide reacts with water to create acetylene, a highly explosive gas. An explosion could be caused if fire fighters sprayed the calcium carbide with water, they said.
The official Xinhua news agency has said several containers in the warehouse had caught fire before the blasts.
Here's some of the videos and pictures shared by news agency and people who witnessed the explosion, that show complete destruction of the area.
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|Massive explosion in Tianjin China. We were on the top of a 33 story building watching the shooting stars, but we witnessed the whole explosion. So we had to run down the whole 33 levels and escape. Posted by Daniel Van Duren.|
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