Seven people were killed and nearly 60 injured in an explosion at a kindergarten in eastern China, state media said, but did not say if any children were among the dead.
Many parents were picking up their children when the blast occurred near the entrance of the kindergarten in Xuzhou, in the coastal province of Jiangsu, the official Xinhua news agency said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.
Two people died at the scene and five more died of their injuries, while 59 people were injured, nine among them being treated for severe injuries, Xinhua reported.
Pictures circulating on Chinese social media showed about a dozen women and children lying on the ground in what appeared to be the immediate aftermath of the blast.
The cause of the blast was also not immediately clear, although online commentators said it could have been a gas canister explosion.