A Compilation of Videos and Pictures of the Tianjin Explosions

August 13, 2015 Updated: August 13, 2015

On Aug. 12, two large explosions took place at a container storage station in the port city of Tianjin at about 11:30 p.m., killing at least 50 people and injuring hundreds, according to initial, official reports. 

The devastation was captured on cell phone cameras as it took place, by sometimes terrified observers. Following is a compilation of videos and images of the explosions, as well as a review of the aftermath. 

The Location

The explosions took place at facilities belonging to Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics, established in 2012. 

A map of China with the municipality of Tianjin highlighted in red. (TUBS/Wikimedia Commons)

The port of Tianjin. (Arrorro)
The port of Tianjin. (Arrorro)

The Explosion

A surveillance video shows the moment of the explosion at a nearby building. The precise provenance of the video is unknown. 


This video was taken from a nearby street corner. 


More cellphone footage from near the scene.

Warning: The following video contains coarse language. It was reportedly taken from the 33rd floor of a building about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away.


The following day, on Aug. 13, observers crept out to document the damage. 

A drone films the site after the explosions, revealing almost war zone-like images. (Source: Tencent, Dbcm)