International desk – An explosion rocked in a factory Sunday in eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo killing at least two people and causing damage to a number of nearby buildings.
Local officials told media outlets that the blast occurred at a factory at about 9 am local time in the city’s Jiangbei District.
State media reported that at least 30 people had been taken to local hospitals amid rescue operations.
Footage showed rescuers carrying people away from an area surrounded by debris, according to BBC report.
Chinese media said at least two of the injured are reported to be in a serious condition, citing local authorities.
Police said on social media that an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the explosion.
The city has a large international shipping port and is best known for its auto-manufacturing industry, it is home to Geely – the Chinese owner of Volvo.
Local media said the explosion happened in an industrial area, and residential buildings damaged nearby were already empty ahead of planned demolition.
Gas canisters could have been to blame for the blast.