Gas cylinder blast in eastern China kills 2, injures dozens

Images posted on Chinese media showed bloodied victims nursing their injuries in the aftermath as a fire raged through the two-storey structure housing the restaurant in the eastern China city of Hangzhou.

world Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:32 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Shanghai
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Firefighters work at the site of an explosion at a restaurant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on July 21, 2017. (AFP Photo)

A gas canister explosion tore through a restaurant in the eastern China city of Hangzhou on Friday, killing two people and injuring 55, local authorities said.

The explosion occurred Friday morning and images posted on Chinese media shortly afterward showed bloodied victims nursing their injuries in the aftermath as a fire raged through the two-storey structure housing the restaurant.

The number of injured, 12 of whom were in serious condition, was heightened because the blast shattered the windows of nearby vehicles, including a bus, the government of Hangzhou’s Xihu district said in a statement.

Map of China locating Hangzhou city, where an explosion killed at least two people and injured dozens Friday. (AFP)

Reports said the fire was eventually contained after 12 fire trucks converged on the scene.

Hangzhou attracts millions of tourists each year, drawn by the scenic beauty of its temples and lakefront location.

Such explosions and similar accidents are common in China, where safety standards are lax.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 10:32 IST