An explosion in a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline killed 22 people in Qingdao in eastern China on Friday, causing a blaze that took several hours to bring under control and halting the city's port, state media and ship brokers said.
The explosion in the underground pipeline caused a huge hole to appear in the roadway above and state television showed a truck that had fallen into it, with a residential apartment block in the background.
The local government said on its microblog that the blast happened at 10:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) as workers were trying to repair leaks in the pipeline. It said oil had spilled into the port, which had also caught fire.
Ship brokers said Qingdao oil terminal had stopped operations.