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One killed in high-rise blast in northeast China: Official

BEIJING: At least one person was once killed in an explosion in a high-rise building in northeast China's Jilin province on Friday, local officers said.

The blast came about about three.20pm (0720 GMT) on the 30th floor of the Wanda Plaza Apartment Building in Changchun, town government said in a statement posted on social media, adding that the incident was once below investigation.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing over 20 explosions and other people have been evacuated from structures surrounding the Wanda Plaza Apartment, the state-run Beijing Youth Daily newspaper reported.

Social media footage confirmed a hectic highway shrouded in smoke as units exploded on the floor while other people fled. Another video confirmed a blast on the upper flooring of a high-rise building.

AFP may no longer independently test the authenticity of the movies.

This incident comes just over per week sooner than the Lunar New Year holiday, which the Chinese generally welcome with firecrackers and fireworks, every now and then resulting in accidents.

Last February, a fireworks explosion killed four and injured 5 in southwestern Yunan province.

In January 2006, 36 other people have been killed as they celebrated the Lunar New Year at a temple festival in central China's Henan province when fireworks exploded in an illegal factory storeroom within reach.

But bomb explosions have also befell in China in recent times.

In June 2017, a bomb exploded outdoor a kindergarten in east Jiangsu province, killing 8 other people and injuring dozens. The explosion was once blamed on a 22-year-old introvert with health issues who died within the blast.

Ethnic Uighurs were tied to mass stabbings and bombings that left dozens lifeless in recent times across the country.

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