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Amateur footage shows moment huge explosion occurred

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The blasts blew doors off buildings in the area and shattered windows up to several miles away
The blasts blew doors off buildings in the area and shattered windows up to several miles away

Amateur footage shows the moment a huge explosion in China tore through an industrial area, leaving devastation in its wake.

China's state broadcaster CCTV said 32 people among the 300-400 taken to hospital were in a critical condition. The official Xinhua News agency said 12 of the dead were firefighters.
 
The blasts, originating at a warehouse for hazardous material, blew doors off buildings in the area and shattered windows up to several miles away.
 
There was no indication of what caused the blasts and no immediate sign of any large release of toxic chemicals into the air. The Beijing News website said there was some unidentified yellow foam flowing at the site.
 
There were scenes of devastation as dawn broke over the north-eastern city. Windows were blown out of high-rise flats and office buildings were destroyed and more than 1,000 new Renault cars were left charred at a nearby site, the Beijing News said.
 

The official Xinhua News agency said the initial explosion triggered other blasts at nearby businesses. The National Earthquake Bureau reported two major blasts before midnight, the first with an equivalent of three tons of TNT, and the second with the equivalent of 21 tons.

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.

About 1.2 miles from the explosion site was the luxury Fifth Avenue apartment complex on a road strewn with broken glass and pieces of charred metal thrown from explosion. Like surrounding buildings, the Mediterranean style complex had all its windows blown out and some of its surfaces were scorched.

Amateur footage from the area shows the moment the huge explosion occurred.