|(Shanxi explosions-Update1) One dead, eight injured at party building blasts
One person was killed and eight were injured when explosions shattered the morning calm at the office building of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party. One of the eight injured is in serious condition.
Local police said two vehicles were damaged after several devices exploded at 7:40 a.m. on the Yingze Street in the provincial capital of Taiyuan, according to the city's public security bureau, Xinhua reports.
Pictures posted on weibo showed several fire engines on a road, which had been blocked to traffic, and a crowd on one side of the street.
A big bang was heard and heavy smoke and flames were seen when Liu Guoliang, a witness, was driving from west to east on the Yingze overpass, Xinhua reported.
Liu saw a wrecked minivan, heavy smoke and debris scattered at the scene when he waited for traffic lights in front of the office building.
The accident is suspected to be caused by self-made bombs as steel beads were scattered at the scene, according to a Xinhua reporter.
The site has been cordoned off.
The blasts come a little over one week after a jeep barrelled into Beijing's Tiananmen Square, killing two tourists and injuring dozens. Three people in the car died, AFP reports.
State broadcaster CCTV reported that some of the explosives detonated in flowerbeds at the entrance to the party provincial commission.
Media company Caixin reported on its verified microblog that according to sources, "major leaders of Shanxi, including those in charge of petition work and public security, are holding an emergency meeting.''
Pictures posted on weibo social networks showed vehicle doors peppered with small impacts, and tyres with holes punched through them. Other photos showed car windows blown out and debris scattered across the road.