Videos show explosion in North Korean town

Videos seen by South Korean media show smoke and flames from an explosion in Hyesan, in North Korea.
Videos seen by South Korean media show smoke and flames from an explosion in Hyesan, in North Korea.

Videos shot from China show an explosion lighting up the night sky across the border in North Korea, in what one South Korean media outlet said was a deadly blast after a gas leak on Monday.

The videos were obtained by Seoul-based Daily NK, which monitors North Korea, and the Associated Press. Other South Korean media also cited unnamed sources who reported the fire and explosions.

Citing an unnamed source inside North Korea, Daily NK reported on Wednesday that as many as 15 people had died in the explosion and resulting fire at a house in Hyesan, Yanggang Province.

The Associated Press quoted a travel agent in the Chinese border town of Changbai who said he observed the explosion and filmed a video of it, but did not know the cause.

The videos show a fire glowing over tree tops, punctuated by multiple explosions that send columns of flame into the sky.

North Korean state media has made no mention of an incident, and South Korean officials said they could not immediately confirm the reports.

Australian Associated Press