Windows of cars were blown out and streets were littered with debris from the force of the explosion. A white cloud of smoke was rising above the explosion site. Shattered windows were reported in businesses up to 1km away from the site of the explosion. Policemen and firemen rushed to the scene. State media reported that at least 30 people had been taken to local hospitals amid rescue operations. At least two people were killed. The cause of the blast is under investigation.
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No other details about the blast exact location were provided. The city government said on an official social media account that the blast happened in a “vacant lot” in an industrial area. The Ningbo gas company told China Youth Daily there were no gas lines in the vicinity. Ningbo has a large international shipping port and is best known for its auto-manufacturing industry. It is also home to Geely, the Chinese owner of Volvo. Industrial accidents are common in China, and have prompted growing calls for better safety standards. In 2015, an explosion traced to improperly stored chemicals killed at least 173 people in Tianjin, a port east of Beijing.