hocking videos have been circulating on WeChat tonight of a massive chemical fire that broke out on an elevated road in Shanghai’s Songjiang district.
The blaze began at around 6:25 pm this evening after an 8-tonne truck carrying foam products caught fire while driving on the Husong Elevated Highway near the Jiuting Station of Line 9. Authorities say that the flames were extinguished by 7:10 pm and that no casualties have been reported.
It’s not clear at this time how the fire began.
Here’s a compilation of some of the eyewitness clips that are making the rounds on WeChat at the moment:
This incident comes shortly before the opening of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai next week. For months, local officials have been working hard to tidy up the place before visitors from around the world arrive, including Chinese President Xi Jinping who is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the event’s opening on November 5th.