The Latest on China explosion: Death toll rises to 50 dead, 700 injured

​The Tianjin government says the death toll has risen to 50 after the huge, fiery blasts at a port warehouse for hazardous chemicals.

Twelve of the dead were firefighters from among the more than 1,000 sent to fight the blaze.

The municipal government said 701 people were injured, including 71 in serious condition. It gave no figure for the missing.

Police in Tianjin said an initial blast took place late Wednesday night in shipping containers at a warehouse for hazardous materials owned by a logistics company.