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Utterly terrifying footage of explosion in China emerges

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Terrifying: The blast killed dozens of people and shattered windows several kilometres away
Terrifying: The blast killed dozens of people and shattered windows several kilometres away

Terrifying new footage has emerged of the huge explosion at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals in China.

The death toll from the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals in the the Chinese port of Tianjin has climbed to 50.

More than 700 people were injured and dozens were reported missing in the explosions shortly before midnight on Wednesday that demolished a workers' dormitory, tossed shipping containers as if they were toy blocks and turned a fleet of 1,000 new cars into scorched metal husks. Windows were shattered for miles around by the shockwaves.

Authorities said the blasts started at the warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics, a company that says it stores hazardous materials including flammable petrochemicals, sodium cyanide and toluene diisocyanate.

An initial explosion apparently triggered an even bigger one. The National Earthquake Bureau said the first blast was the equivalent of three tons of TNT, and the second 21 tons. The enormous fireballs from the blasts rolled through a nearby parking lot, turning a fleet of 1,000 new cars into scorched metal husks.

Footage filmed from a nearby building of the moment the explosions took place has emerged. 

Authorities have yet to reveal the cause for the explosion. 

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