An explosion at an oil pipeline in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao has killed 35 people.
The pipeline, run by the country’s biggest oil refiner, Sinopec, sprang a leak early Friday and exploded several hours later as workers sought to repair it, the Qingdao municipal government said on Sina Weibo.
A total of 35 people have been killed while 166 are injured, the government said.
Several vehicles were destroyed as the powerful explosion blew cracks on nearby roads.
More than 100 fire fighters were deployed to out the fire.
The official Xinhua news agency said Chinese president Xi Jinping had asked authorities for “maximum effort” towards finding survivors and had also requested officials to rescue those injured and improve safety to prevent the occurrence of such incidents.
It said the explosion site in the eastern province of Shandong is close to the coast and barriers had been set up to stop oil leaking into the sea.
The authorities have ruled out terrorism but say the incident remains under investigation.
Around 28,000 people have been killed or have gone missing in workplace accidents in the first half of this year, state media reported.