According to state media, on September 17, a barbecue restaurant in Huaian, Jiangsu Province, exploded. The scene was terrible. The Huaian authorities reported that a gas tank exploded at around 8:10. The explosion caused one death, one serious injury, and four minor injuries.

The on-site rescue has ended, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

A live video showed a child whose body was burned black with bloody skin sitting on the ground outside the restaurant crying in panic and pain. There weren’t any adults with her. Two other adults were injured and sat on the ground, their faces and arms bloody and appalling. Some shops around the explosion suffered partial destruction, and the scene was a mess. 

The news quickly spread and attracted netizens’ attention, leaving many comments on the incident.

Some criticized the authorities and state media for reporting inaccurate information irresponsibly.

“It wasn’t the barbecue shop that exploded at all. It was the skewer shop opposite the barbecue shop. The skewer shop was all blown up. The barbecue shop was just affected. I don’t understand why the official spoke without confirmation!”

Recently, there have been frequent explosions and fires in mainland China. On September 16, a major fire broke out in the China Telecom Building in Changsha City, Hunan Province. Black smoke billowed from the scene. The fire burned through dozens of floors violently.

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