At least 35 people were killed when an oil pipeline exploded Friday in eastern China, said state-run Xinhua news agency.
Over 160 others were injured when the pipeline caught fire near the city of Qingdao, some 483 kilometers (300 miles) north of Shanghai.
The oil line had sprung a leak in the early morning hours, according to the city government. The oil flow was caught off, and workers went to repair the breach. The explosion occurred in the late morning.
The pipeline is 176 kilometers (109 miles) long and is owned by Sinopec, a Chinese petroleum giant. It connects the oil port to chemical plants further inland, according to reports.
Authorities are checking the coastline for possible oil leaks, but none have been reported thus far, said Xinhua.