Large explosion in China’s port city of Ningbo causes casualties

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A large explosion has occurred on a street in the Chinese port city of Ningbo, causing a number of casualties, local officials say. Only few details were immediately available.

The incident happened at about 9 a.m. local time on Sunday when a large explosion occurred on a street in the city’s Jiangbei District. There was no immediate word on what may have caused the explosion.

A local official described the situation as serious and said a large number of ambulances were sent to the scene. The number of casualties was not yet known but photos from the scene showed victims on the ground along with damaged buildings and vehicles.

The blast occurred in an area that is home to a mix of homes and commercial properties. Ningbo, which was previously known as Ningpo, is located in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.

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