Date
22 June 2017
Casualties are seen outside the kindergarten in Jiangsu province. Two people died on the spot and six died in hospital later. Photos: sina.com,weibo
Casualties are seen outside the kindergarten in Jiangsu province. Two people died on the spot and six died in hospital later. Photos: sina.com,weibo

Eight dead, 65 injured in Jiangsu kindergarten explosion

At least eight people have died after an explosion near a kindergarten in Fengxian County in east China’s Jiangsu province Thursday afternoon. 

Two people died at the scene and another six died later in hospital, according to the county government. Sixty-five people were injured, eight of them in critical condition, state news agency Xinhua reports.

The blast occurred at about 4:48 p.m. on Thursday at the gate of the kindergarten when many relatives were waiting to pick up children.

No children or teachers were among the casualties as they were still in the class when the explosion happened.

Photos and videos from the scene show people covered in blood outside the kindergarten building.

However, the images and videos have been deleted from Chinese social media by censors but remain up on Twitter and YouTube, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Earlier reports said the explosion originated from a bottle of cooking gas. There are many street hawkers outside the kindergarten.

A working team led by Huang Ming, deputy minister of public security, has been sent to investigate the blast and the provincial government has ordered checks of possible safety risks at production sites.

The police have classified the blast as a criminal act and are looking for a suspect.

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