Bottled gas blamed for fatal shop blast in east China

At least 2 dead, 55 injured in restaurant explosion near China's famed West Lake

At least 2 dead, 55 injured in restaurant explosion near China's famed West Lake

A massive explosion this morning at a restaurant in West Lake District, Hangzhou, has left two dead and 55 injured, with 12 in serious condition.

A video clip circulating on social media shows the restaurant engulfed in fire, with plumes of smoke rising into the air.

The blast intensity was so much that windows were blown out and the street and on the nearby cars, taxis, and buses.

The local health authority said 45 people were receiving treatment in six hospitals, seven of which with severe injuries. One witness commented online."The blasts happened twice". The blaze has since been put out, a regional government information office said on its official microblog.

CCTV said that the fire is now "under control" and that local authorities are investigating the exact cause of the explosion.

Gas explosions and workplace accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often loosely enforced.

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