Six people are dead and 30 others seriously injured after an explosion ripped through an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, eastern China's Jiangsu Province Thursday afternoon, local authorities said.
A total of 176 fire trucks and 928 firefights have been sent to the site for rescue operations and to combat the ongoing flames from the blast.
The explosion covered tens of kilometers, according to videos of the explosion shared on social media.
Industrial accidents have become prevalent in the East Asian country, as poor safety regulations have led to past factory explosions.
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The explosion also knocked down neighboring buildings, blasted windows out of schools and residences miles away and sent an enormous plume of toxic black smoke into the sky.
An aerial view of the blast area showed a large swath of destruction in the industrial park, where multiple fires still raged as firefighters tried to douse them with hoses.
The explosion occurred at about 2pm local time, according to media reports, but it's not yet known if there are casualties.
The death toll in the explosion that occurred Thursday at Chenjiagang Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Jiangsu Province, China, has jumped to 47, Chinese state media reported.
Other shots showed thick grey smoke billowing skyward from the site of the blast.
China Earthquake Administration have said there was a 3 magnitude earthquake in Jiangsu which is believed to have been caused by the explosion.
A report published by local authorities in February revealed that the Chinese chemical firm responsible for the accident had concealed information and misled investigators.
UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. EDT - According to Chinese worldwide English-language news channel CGTN, 31 people were rescued so far from the Chenjiagang Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Jiangsu Province, China, where an explosion occurred Thursday at a plant making pesticides. The company had undertaken illegal construction that had not passed safety checks, according to local authorities.
And in 2015, giant chemical blasts in a container storage facility killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin.