Explosion kills 2 children, injures 8 hinh anh 1The scene of the explosion occurs on January 3 morning in the northern Bac Ninh province’s Quan Do village (Photo: VNA)

Bac Ninh (VNA)
- An explosion killed at least two children and injured eight people early January 3 morning at a scrap warehouse in Quan Do village in the northern province of Bac Ninh’s Yen Phong district.

The dead victims are a one-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.

The explosion also led to the collapse of four nearby houses, burying many people who were asleep, and damaged dozens of other houses. Following the explosion, a huge hole - 4m in width and 20m in length, appeared at the scene.

A witness who lives some 1km from the scene of the explosion said “I heard the loudest-ever bang at about 4am this morning.”

Explosion kills 2 children, injures 8 hinh anh 2Nearby houses are damaged due to the explosion. (Photo: VNA)

To Thi Mai Hoa, head of the provincial Department of Health, said a seriously-injured person was taken to Hanoi’s Vietnam-Germany Hospital while the others were being treated at Bac Ninh General Hospital.

The department had dispatched a team and an ambulance to the scene to provide first aid to the victims, she said.

Nguyen Tu Quynh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the local police are quickly investigating the cause of the explosion.

“If any sign of regulations being violated is found, the police will prosecute the case,” he said.-VNA