New footage has captured huge explosions that killed at least 50 people in the Chinese port city of Tianjin at terrifyingly close range.
It starts as a blaze at an industrial warehouse worsens and develops into a series of larger and larger blasts.
Speaking in English, the man and woman behind the camera suggest that the fire “might be at a gas station” before the explosions start.
Warning: Footage contains strong language
Within seconds, a deafening bang can be heard as a large explosion sends a huge fireball in the air and burning debris raining on nearby homes.
Those filming scream and shout in fright, with the woman asking: “Are we dangerous here?”
During a brief respite, they appear to believe the explosions are over before the second and more powerful blast blanks out the screen with white light.
It is followed seconds later by a shockwave that sends debris shooting towards the camera, knocking the man holding it backwards as a fiery mushroom cloud shoots up, filling the air with fireballs and smoke.
Tianjin Explosion - In Pictures
Tianjin Explosion - In Pictures
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A man wearing a mask walks past overturned shipping containers after explosions hit the Binhai new district in Tianjin. Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
A screen grab from taken from state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) footage on August 12, 2015 shows a huge explosion in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin.
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Excavators work near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianji
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A man who was injured following the massive explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin receives medical treatment at a hospital.
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View of the destruction after explosions in the port area of Tianjin, northern China,
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A emergency worker is lifted by a crane as smokes plumes from the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin
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A damaged truck is seen on a highway near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Flames rise as a banner in the background reads "no illegal operations" at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin, witnesses described a fireball from the blasts ripping through the night sky.
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Smoke rises from shipping containers after explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin, China.
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Firefighters take a break after trying to put fire down at the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin,
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A survivor talk on his mobile phone at the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Firefighter's truck and other rescue vehicles are pictured as smoke rises among shipping containers after explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin
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Damaged cars are seen near the site of explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin
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A paramilitary policeman wears a mask as he blocks the road leading to evacuated residential area and the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin
The footage ends as the people run from the window to find safety.
The two huge explosions, including one with the force of 21 tons of TNT, came just 30 seconds apart.
They were so large they could be seen from space and were registered by earthquake sensors.
Fires that started as the blasts torched cars and reduced buildings to blackened shells are still smouldering among hazardous materials, prompting fears of further blasts.
At least 50 people were killed and 700 injured, and the search for survivors continues. Authorities said the toll could have been much higher if the disaster hit a more populated area.
“Forces from all sides are searching for the (remaining) missing firefighters,” said Zhou Tian, the head of Tianjin Fire Department.
“Many types of different materials with different characteristics are mixed together and could at any time result in a chemical reaction or explosion.”
A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency's Beijing environmental emergency response centre, as well as 214 Chinese military nuclear and biochemical materials specialists, are in Tianjin to investigate the cause of the blast and establish whether it has spread toxic gas in the city.Reuse content