China's Tianjin port operating as normal despite massive explosions: Port official

A man waits in a wheelchair after receiving treatment at Gangkou hospital in Tianjin following a series of explosions at a warehouse in the northern Chinese city on Aug 13, 2015.
A man waits in a wheelchair after receiving treatment at Gangkou hospital in Tianjin following a series of explosions at a warehouse in the northern Chinese city on Aug 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
A man wears a mask while resting outside after explosions hit Binhai new district, Tianjin, on Aug 13, 2015.
A man wears a mask while resting outside after explosions hit Binhai new district, Tianjin, on Aug 13, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
A damaged bus seen near the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015.
A damaged bus seen near the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015.PHOTO: AFP
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Flames and smoke rise from the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015.
Flames and smoke rise from the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
Flames rise next to a damaged building at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015.
Flames rise next to a damaged building at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin early on Aug 13, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - The north-eastern Chinese port of Tianjin is operating as normal after two massive explosions ripped through an industrial area nearby overnight, a port official said on Thursday.

"(The port is) operating as normal. We have not been affected," said an executive, who identified himself as the duty officer at Tianjin Port (Group) and gave his surname as Wei.

Tianjin is one of the world's busiest container ports.

 

Official Chinese media said the explosions killed 17 people and injured around 400.