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ABOUT 11:20pm (August 12)

Powerful blasts ripped through a warehouse in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

2:45am (August 13)

Police say at least seven people have been killed in explosions sparked at a warehouse for dangerous materials.

Beijing News said on its website that that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in the city, east of Beijing. It says the explosions shattered windows and knocked off doors of buildings in the area.

Police in Tianjin said an initial blast took place late Wednesday night in shipping containers at a warehouse for hazardous materials owned by a logistics company.


5am (August 13)

Government officials and state media say that the massive explosions at a warehouse for dangerous materials in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin killed at least 17 people and injured hundreds, including 32 in serious condition. The explosions late Wednesday knocked doors off buildings in the area and shattered windows up to several kilometers (miles) away.


6am (August 13)

There were scenes of devastation as dawn broke over the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin after huge explosions rocked the port city later Wednesday night. Windows were blown out of high rise apartments and office buildings were destroyed. A fireball appears to have swept through a parking lot of 1,000 new Renault cars, with the paint burned off and the cars left charred.



Photos taken by bystanders and circulating on microblogs show a gigantic fireball high in the sky, with a mushroom-cloud. Other photos on state media outlets showed a sea of fire that painted the night sky bright orange, with tall plumes of smoke.


1:35pm (August 13)

The Xinhua News agency says the death toll has risen to 44, 12 of them firefighters.


1:45pm (August 13)

The 12 firefighters who are among the 44 dead came from more than 1,000 who were sent to fight the blaze set off by the explosions shortly before midnight, according to the official Xinhua News agency.

It says 520 people are being treated in hospitals, 66 of them seriously injured.


2:30pm (August 13)

The fire is mostly under control, and the Tianjin local government says further efforts to put out flames have been suspended on orders of the central government so that a team of chemical experts can assess hazardous materials on site, dangers to the environment and how best to proceed.


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