Hundreds of New Cars Burnt in the Massive Explosion Rocking Tianjin

The massive blasts hitting Tianjin, which started at around 23:30 on August 12 local time, torched over a thousand imported cars on a huge parking lot near the center of the disaster. Many of the burned-out cars were brand-new Volkswagen and Renault models having just arrived at the port from overseas and waiting to be shipped to Chinese dealerships.

The explosions started in a warehouse located in the Binhai New District of Tianjin for storing hazardous and chemical goods. The warehouse is owned by Ruihai International Logistics Co. The car lot is owned by Tianjin Port International Auto Logistics Co. and about the size of two football fields. As of 10:30 local time on August 13, over 40 bodies have been found, including at least 10 of firefighters.

The pics below are from these Chinese media: Beijing News, chinanews.com, fawan.com, tencent.com.

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Update (18:00 August 13, Beijing Time): Renault said that about 1,500 cars it produced were damaged in the blasts. Hyundai counted 4,000 damaged Hyundai- and Kia-brand cars. According to Chinese media, 2,748 Volkswagen cars were torched.