China Explosion: Death Toll in Tianjin Blasts Rises to 44

August 13, 2015 9:19 AM

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China Explosion: Death Toll in Tianjin Blasts Rises to 44

TIANJIN, China - Massive explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin were so strong that residents miles away thought they were experiencing an earthquake, witnesses said Thursday as the death toll rose to 44.

Twelve firefighters were among those killed in the twin blasts, which sent massive fireballs into the sky and devastated a warehouse district as well as nearby homes. More than 520 wounded were being treated at hospitals.

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