3 killed and 30 injured in a massive gas explosion in China

 Thursday, October 21, 2021 

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At least 3 people were killed and more than 30 injured in a powerful explosion at a restaurant in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Thursday morning. Shenyang is a prime tourist location in the country. This city boasts of many tourist attractions like Shenyang Imperial Palace, Beilling Park, Former Residence of Zhang Zuollin and many others.

The suspected gas explosion took place in a mixed-use residential and commercial building, authorities said in a statement. All the injured have been sent to hospitals, the statement added. The officials are still investigating the cause of the blast.

The explosion was captured in a dashcam video widely shared on social media platforms. Following the blast, a cloud of dust enveloped the street and debris rained down from buildings, sending bystanders fleeing.

The search and rescue efforts are ongoing with 25 fire trucks and 110 firefighters deployed to the site as of late Thursday morning, the local fire department said. The photos and videos reportedly taken at the blast site — posted by witnesses and carried widely by state media outlets — show a concrete skeleton is all that was left of the building; windows of nearby buildings were shattered, vehicles damaged, and streets covered in debris.

Shenyang, home to more than 9 million people, is the capital of Liaoning province. In June, a gas explosion at a market in central China killed 25 people and injured more than 130.

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