Reporter mobbed on live TV as he covers explosions

A journalist has been attacked by angry locals while he was reporting live on a series a explosions that have killed 55 and injured hundreds in China’s Tianjin.

In the video, CNN journalist Will Ripley is seen doing a live cross outside a hospital. It is understood he was near relatives of those who had been hurt or killed in the blasts.

"A man has been loudly sobbing for several minutes now, he keeps saying 'why would God take my daughter away?'," Ripley said.

CNN anchor Michael Holmes starts asking Ripley questions about the scene. Moments later, three men appear and yell at the reporter and grab his camera.

A huge explosion in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin has killed at least seven people. Photo: Supplied.

Ripley tries to remain composed as he is mobbed.

"It's okay, it's okay," he said, before the footage abruptly cuts out.

He took to twitter after that incident and wrote: "tempers obviously running high after an awful night in Tianjin," Ripley wrote on Twitter just after the incident.

"I'm fine. A lot of people here aren't."

Enormous explosions at a chemical warehouse in a major Chinese port city have killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700, leaving a devastated landscape of incinerated cars, toppled shipping containers and burnt-out buildings.

There are also fears toxic chemicals have been released into the air.

The blaze was brought "under initial control" on Thursday afternoon, state news agency Xinhua cited the public security ministry as saying, after 1000 firefighters and 143 fire engines had been deployed to the site.

A 217-strong specialist nuclear, bacteriological and chemical warfare military unit arrived to help with the clean-up operation, Xinhua said.

But officials were unable to say what triggered the initial fire or the subsequent explosions.

Xinhua described the facility as a storage and distribution centre of containers of dangerous goods, including chemicals.

Morning news break – August 14

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