China has had consecutive explosions in a short time. On June 24, an explosion occurred on a commercial street in Yanjiao, Sanhe, Hebei province, destroying the entire street. Epoch Times reported that many shops in the vicinity were unrecognizable after the explosion, and many people were injured.
The incident happened on Fuchengshang Street. Several live videos and online photos showed a chaotic scene, the street covered with shards of glass, many steel bars, and an exploding car. People had head injuries; some were covered in blood, some were lying on the ground, and others were carried on stretchers. Someone said, “A lot of people were injured.”
The Sanhe City People’s Government website released a notice saying, at 9:18 a.m. on June 24, an explosion of a liquefied gas cylinder occurred at a store in Times Square, Fuchengshang Street, city of Sanhe. On-site search and rescue ended at 13:30. Two people were killed in the accident, and twenty-two were injured.
Shen Qing, the owner of a shop near the scene, told an Epoch Times reporter that at about 9:20 a.m., he heard a loud noise. All the glasses were shaking, and the blast shattered the shop’s glass. The explosion site was southwest of his store, about 55 yards in a straight line.
“I thought it was an earthquake, so I ran out quickly,” he said. “I saw very thick, large white smoke and no flares of flame. I turned back to look at the surrounding area. The explosion was quite serious. Dozens of shops in the surrounding area were damaged.”
The ceiling collapsed in a store 30 to 45 yards from the scene, and products were scattered. The salesperson said that the store had a power cut after the incident and could not operate as usual. A store employee said nearby businesses were not open.
The Epoch Times quoted Chinese netizens as saying: “I’m terrified, oh my god, it’s near my house. My mother is near the explosion. The building of my house shakes when it explodes.”
Another said: “The explosion made my window shake twice. I have been to the scene and a lot of people were injured.”
“The destructive power of the explosion was very strong, the injured were taken to the hospital one by one. It’s not easy to do business these days. I don’t know how many families have been torn apart.”
Recently, fire and explosion accidents have occurred in many places in mainland China.
At around 4:45 p.m. on June 21, a gas explosion occurred near the intersection of Beicheng East Road and Wusu Road, Baodi District, Tianjin, injuring 23 people, and three people were seriously burned.
Around 9:30 a.m. on the same day, 13 people were injured in an explosion caused by a liquefied gas cylinder leak on the first floor of the Greenland villa in Tai’an city, Shandong province. Up to now, three people that were severely injured had died.
At about 4 a.m. on June 18, an explosion occurred at the ethylene glycol factory area of the Shanghai Petrochemical Complex. After that, many explosions accompanied by fires emerged, and the scene was full of fire.
On June 16, an explosion occurred at a chemical company in Lanzhou city, Gansu province, killing six and injuring at least eight people.
At about 10 a.m. on June 9, a fire broke out at the Hangzhou Bay Building Materials Market on Wangmei Road, Linping District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, after a loud explosion. Heavy smoke was emitted from the fires, causing many people to jump from the building to escape, and many people were burned.
On June 1, an explosion occurred at a flour shop outside a residential area in Xingsha Street, Changsha County, Hunan Province, killing one person and injuring 13 others.
On May 24, an explosion occurred at a residential building in Wubin district, Changzhou city, Jiangsu province, affecting many neighboring shops. Some houses were severely damaged, causing one death. Two others were seriously injured, and three were slightly injured.
On May 10, a gas explosion occurred at a Chinese fast-food restaurant in the center of Shaoxing city, Zhejiang province, and the blast blew the employees some distance.