According to state media reports, at least 31 people were killed in an explosion caused by a gas leak at a restaurant in the Chinese city of Yinchuan. The state-run Xinhua news agency said the explosion occurred during the operation of a barbecue restaurant due to a liquefied petroleum gas leak. The incident took place on the eve of the Dragon Boat Festival, a period of intense social activity in China.
Xinhua also reported that seven people are receiving rescue care, with one in critical condition. Two people suffered severe burns; two others had minor injuries; and two more had scratches caused by glass.
Following the explosion, police detained nine people, including the restaurant’s owner, shareholders, and staff, freezing their assets in accordance with the law, as reported by state-run CCTV television.
CCTV footage showed more than a dozen firefighters working at the site, where smoke was billowing from a hole in the building’s facade. The street was covered with debris and glass shards. The explosion occurred at the Fuyang Barbecue Restaurant, located in a residential area of downtown Yinchuan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged people to take all necessary measures to care for the injured and strengthen supervision and safety in key industries to truly protect people’s lives and property.
The Ministry of Emergency Management reported that more than 100 personnel and 20 vehicles from local fire and rescue services were dispatched to the blast site. Search and rescue efforts were organized, and appropriate care was provided to the injured. Rescue efforts were completed at 4:00 on Thursday.
China has experienced numerous deadly incidents, such as explosions, due to ignored building codes and other conditions that make fire evacuations difficult. Earlier this month, three people were killed in a series of explosions caused by fireworks that affected residential buildings in the city of Tianjin.