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BREAKING NEWS: Huge explosions rock Tianjin in northeast China, killing seven

LONDON (Reuters) – Huge explosions hit an industrial area of the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and triggering a blast wave felt kilometres (miles) away, Chinese media reported.

A damaged vehicle is seen near the site of the blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A damaged vehicle is seen near the site of the blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

State-run news agency Xinhua said at least 180 people in the area had been injured. The agency said earlier the explosion had ripped through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods”.

Firefighter's trucks are pictured in front of heavy smoke rising behind shipping containers after blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Firefighter’s trucks are pictured in front of heavy smoke rising behind shipping containers after blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

People react near a street after a blast at Binhai new district, in Tianjin municipality, China, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

People react near a street after a blast at Binhai new district, in Tianjin municipality, China, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Rescuers are seen in a van near the site of the blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Rescuers are seen in a van near the site of the blasts at Binhai new district in Tianjin municipality, China, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

(Writing by Andrew Roche)

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