China gas explosion throws pet cat into the air as blast kills one and injures 33

Video: (cat startled by blast)

Video: (explosion)

A cat relaxing in the sunlight was thrown in the air by a suspected gas explosion that rattled China killing at least one person and injuring 33 others on Thursday October 21.

CCTV footage shows the pet feline lying on the floor in a house in Liaoning province when the blast jolted it and sent it flying several inches up in the air.

The explosion, believed to have been caused by a gas leak, left at least one dead and injured 33 others. Victims were seen being carried away by firemen.

The Liaoning fire department said: ‘At 8.25am, the Nanjing North Street fire and rescue station sent three vehicles and 10 people to the site for rescue.’

Locals living near the area said their homes suffered minor damage due to the explosion.

A woman residing in the building opposite the blast site said: ‘I was scared when the explosion happened. Then I saw the fire trucks. They came quite quickly, after about a little more than 10 minutes.’

The cause of the incident is now under investigation, authorities said.