At least six people have been killed after a huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China today, officials and state media said.
Another 30 people are said to be seriously injured in the massive blast which shattered the windows of nearby buildings.
The blast took place about one kilometre (0.6 mile) away from a kindergarten and 'some children sustained injuries', according to state broadcaster CCTV. It remains unclear if any of the children has died.
China News reported the explosion was caused by a chemical called benzene, citing a worker at the emergency call centre.
According to WHO, exposure to benzene, a liquid and highly inflammable chemical, could cause major health issues in humans, including cancer.
Authorities are monitoring the environment and paramedics are treating wounded locals, according to the latest social media post from the local government.