At around 6:30 a.m. local time, a gas pipe exploded in the Zhangwan District of Shiyan City, Hubei Province, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Images circulating on social media, which appeared to have originated from the scene, showed rescuers in orange coveralls working through the wreckage of razed houses.
Authorities did not provide details on the number of people trapped or whether anyone was killed.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the city government, which told China’s Weibo microblogging platform that it was organizing rescue efforts.
This is a developing story