BREAKING NEWS: Gas explosion at restaurant destroys entire block in North East China – killing at least one person and leaving dozens injured
- Restaurant gas explosion in China’s north-east killing one and injuring at least 33
- Powerful blast has caused extensive damage to multiple buildings and cars
- Buildings reduced to rubble, streets strewn in shattered glass and other debris
At least one person killed and an entire neighbourhood has been destroyed after a gas explosion at a restaurant in Shenyang, in northeast China.
The explosion happened in Liaoning Province at 8.20am on Thursday morning (local time). The cause of the blast is under investigation.
A major rescue operation and evacuation of residents is underway as emergency and gas authorities remain at the scene.
At least 33 people have rushed to rushed to hospital after being injured in the powerful blast which damaged multiple buildings and cars.
One person is dead and dozens are injured after a gas explosion rocked a neighbourhood in Shenyang. Pictured are damaged buildings and cars
More than 110 firefighters were called to the scene following the powerful explosion
Shocking footage shows how buildings have been reduced to rubble with the streets strewn in shattered glass and other debris.
Another video shows the street filled with smoke billowing from a building as terrified residents fled the scene.
Early investigations suggest the explosion appears to have started from a mixed-use building at the intersection of Shenyang’s Nanqi Road and Taiyuan Nan Street.
The nearby gas line was under maintenance on Wednesday night, suspending gas operation the restaurant, The Global Times reported.
One resident said all lights and computers shut down following the explosion.
The gas explosion caused extensive damage, leaving the street covered in glass and debris
Terrified residents (pictured) were seen fleeing the scene
One woman living on the fifth floor of a building across the road from the blast said all all the windows in her block have been smashed.
‘I was scared when the explosion happened,’ she told the South China Morning Post.
‘Then I saw the fire trucks. They came quite quickly, after about a little more than 10 minutes.’
Authorities remain on scene.
‘The command centre immediately sent from [various fire stations] 25 fire trucks and 110 firefighters to the scene,’ the Liaoning fire department posted on social media platform Weibo.
It comes four months after a similar blast killed 25 people and injured more than 100 when a gas line exploded in central China’s Hubei province.
The cause of the powerful blast (aftermath pictured) to rock Shenyang in the Liaoning Province is under investigation