At least 50 dead & 700 injured in warehouse explosions

The death toll has risen throughout the day and about 1,000 firefighters have been tackling the flames non-stop since the explosions.
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At least 50 people have been killed and more than 700 injured in two explosions in the port city of Tianjin, China on Wednesday. 

Twelve firefighters are among those who lost their lives; 36 are still missing.

Some 71 people have been hospitalised in a serious condition.

The blasts happened in a warehouse for hazardous chemicals and caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space, reports the BBC.

The volatility of the goods has made the fire particularly dangerous and difficult to approach.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre said that the magnitude of the first explosion was the equivalent of three tonnes of TNT being detonated, with the second at 21 tonnes of TNT.

The first explosion occurred at about 23:30 local time on Wednesday in the city's Binhai New Area, a vast industrial zone.

The blast was followed seconds later by a more powerful blast and a series of smaller explosions.

The explosions could be felt several kilometres away in the port city, where an estimated 15 million people live.

President Xi Jinping has promised a thorough investigation into what happened and "transparent information disclosure to the public," Xinhua news agency reports.

Click below for a video of the events 

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