Massive explosions have hit China’s northern city of Tianjin, leaving at least 17 people dead and hundreds more injured.
Daylight revealed the extent of the devastation in Tianjin
State media said the blasts happened in a warehouse storing “dangerous and chemical goods” in the port area of the city.
Pictures and video on social media showed flames lighting up the sky, and buildings are said to have collapsed.
Hospitals are reported to be overwhelmed with casualties.
President Xi Jinping has urged “all-out efforts” to rescue victims and contain the fire, Xinhua state news agency said.
Buildings and hundreds of cars in the port area were destroyed
State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said a shipment of explosives had detonated but this was not confirmed.
State media also said senior managers of Ruihai Logistics, which owned the warehouse where the explosion took place, were being questioned by authorities.
The first explosion at about 23:30 (15:30 GMT) on Wednesday was followed by another, more powerful blast, seconds later. Shockwaves were felt several kilometres away.