More than 12 hours after a massive explosion rocked China’s northeastern port Tianjin, killing at least 50 people and injuring hundreds, firefighters were still battling blazes as residents wandered through neighborhoods that resembled the aftermath of a war zone.
More than 700 have been injured and hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of casualties.
The blasts, at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals, destroyed tower blocks and burned out thousands of cars. The fireball could be seen from space.
Twelve firefighters are among those who lost their lives; 36 of their colleagues are still missing.
On the ground near where the blast occurred, police have blocked streets and set up strict controls to try to keep people from getting too close. Police said there is a risk of more explosions. There also are worries over fumes released by chemical fires.
Journalists, rescue workers, business owners and onlookers still skirted checkpoints to reach some of the worst-hit areas Thursday morning, where shattered buildings and charred vehicles lined the streets as some residents tried to gather their belongings.