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China explosion: 34 injured after blast ripped through a restaurant in Hunan

Terrifying moment restaurant is engulfed in a ball of fire after an explosion rips through its kitchen, leaving 34 injured in China

  • A huge blast tore through the small restaurant today in Miluo, southern China 
  • Security footage shows the store being engulfed by flames in a split second 
  • 34 people were injured in the blast but no one died, according to local officials

An explosion tore through a small restaurant in China on Wednesday, leaving 34 people injured, according to authorities.

The blast reportedly took place during lunchtime in the store’s kitchen in Miluo, a prefecture-level city in southern China’s Hunan Province.

Miluo officials claimed no one had been killed in the incident. The local police and fire brigade were investigating the cause of the explosion, a statement said.

Security footage circulating on social media shows people running from the smoke in the shop

The restaurant in Miluo, China's Hunan Province, is engulfed by flames in a split second

The restaurant in Miluo, China’s Hunan Province, is engulfed by flames in a split second

The explosion occurred at around 12.40pm in the town of Xinshi, according to the Propaganda Department of the Municipal Communist Party Committee of Miluo.

A post on the department’s official social media account claimed that 34 people had been wounded in the blast, including one whose injuries were serious.

The local authorities were ‘going all out’ to save the injured, the statement read.

One person runs out from the kitchen with fire on their body following the explosion today

One person runs out from the kitchen with fire on their body following the explosion today

Miluo has a population of around 730,000 and is situated in southern China's Hunan Province

Miluo has a population of around 730,000 and is situated in southern China’s Hunan Province

Security footage circulating on social media purports to show the terrifying incident.

The 42-second clip shows thick smoke pouring out of what seems to be a kitchen following a suspected explosion.

It shows staff initially run away from the smoke, but after a few seconds, they decide to walk up to the smoke to check on the situation.

Just as they approach the door, a second explosion occurs, leaving the restaurant engulfed in a ball of fire.

The video ends when people flee out of the restaurant, including one with flames on their body.

A separate video released by Pear shows people gathering outside the wrecked restaurant

Plumes of black smoke are seen billowing out of the premises following a kitchen explosion

A separate video released by Pear shows people gathering outside the wrecked restaurant. Plumes of black smoke are seen billowing out of the premises following a kitchen explosion 

The explosion occurred at around 12.40pm in the town of Xinshi

The footage shows one man, believed to have escaped, having blood on his head and arms

The footage shows one man, believed to have escaped, having blood on his head and arms

A separate video released by Pear captures the aftermath of the event.

People are seen gathering outside the wrecked restaurant as plumes of thick black smoke billow out of it.

The footage shows one man, believed to have escaped from the restaurant, having blood on his head and arms.

Local newspaper Xiao Xiang Morning News reported that the explosion might have been caused by a gas tank or pressure cooker.

The outlet said that the fire had been put out and eight of the casualties had been transferred to hospitals in Changsha, the provincial capital.

Further investigation is underway.

Miluo has a population of around 730,000 and is supervised by the nearby city of Luoyang. It is named after the Miluo River and most famous for the dragon boat races on the Dragon Boat Festival.

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