Six people have been confirmed dead after an illegal firecracker warehouse exploded in north China's Hebei Province on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. in Dongwang Township, Ningjin County.
The explosion injured more than a dozen of others. Bloodstains have been spotted at the gate of a nearby garment factor.
The fatal explosion shattered nearly all the glass windows at a residential building close to the factory. A flour factory located about one kilometer away from the warehouse also had its windows broken.
As of about 6 p.m., heavy rescue machines were still entering the scene.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion, the Ningjin government said.