1 killed, 8 injured in northern China explosions

A series of explosions in front of Communist Party offices in a northern Chinese province killed one person and wounded eight others Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The blasts occurred around 7:40 a.m. (6:40 p.m. ET Tuesday) in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, police said in a post on Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog platform.

State broadcaster CCTV reported on its Weibo account that several devices exploded in flower bushes in front of the gate of the Shanxi Provincial Communist Party offices. The Communist Party has ruled China for more than 60 years.

The blasts shattered the windows of passing vehicles and shredded some of their tires, CCTV reported. Police have blocked off roads near the scene of the explosions, it said.

At least one of the wounded people is severely hurt, CCTV said, adding that the exact number of casualties remained unclear.

State-run news agency Xinhua reported that steel beads were scattered at the scene.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the blasts.

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