At least seven people are reported dead with an injury count at 66 people and rising after an explosion tore through the front gate of a kindergarten and daycare facility in the eastern Chinese province of Fengxian. Two people died at the scene, with five more succumbing to their injuries at the hospital thus far, and nine more currently listed in critical condition. Children are reportedly among the casualties.
According to reports emerging through local media, the explosion took place just outside the front gate of the Chuangxin Kindergarten at about 4:50 p.m. local time while parents were picking up their children from school. Videos have surfaced on social media of the moment the fireball erupted near the streets, as well as of dozens of men, women, and children laying on the ground, some covered in blood, who appear to be suffering from burns, shrapnel injuries, or the physical trauma of the explosion itself.