Seven People Dead and 59 Injured in Fatal Kindergarten Explosion

Seven people were killed and 59 injured on Thursday in an explosion at a kindergarten in eastern China, state media said. It is not known if any children were among the dead.

Blasts and other accidents are common in China because of patchy enforcement of safety rules, although the government has pledged to improve checks to eradicate such incidents.

Many parents were picking up their children when the blast took place around 5 p.m. 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 on the spot, and nine people were 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.

One video showed an injured woman with scorched clothing staggering unsteadily, while others sat on a floor holding crying children in their arms.