At least eight people were killed and 65 injured, including eight seriously, according to Xinhua citing local officials. The explosion happened at the kindergarten gates, police in the city of Xuzhou said in a statement. Children were about to leave school when the blast occurred, but the Fengxian county government said classes were still ongoing, luckily teachers and students were not among the casualties.
China Youth Daily newspapers cited witnesses as saying that a gas cylinder at a food stall had exploded.
Some people on China’s Twitter-like Weibo website said the use of gas canisters by food stalls posed a danger.
“China’s small restaurants are landmines, and every mobile street vendor is a moving bomb,” one person wrote.
“How can the city management officers allow a vendor to set up a stall at a school entrance with a gas fuel canister?”
Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun ordered a “prompt” investigation into the cause and “demanded enhanced checks of possible risks at densely populated venues.