On May 30th, 1626, there was a mysterious explosion in Beijing, China that killed close to 20,000 people and destroying a part of the city. According to accounts, the blast originated near the Wanggongchang Gunpowder Factory, and the sound of the explosion carried as far as 150 km away, with debris found in a 30 km radius around the factory. The explosions was so strong that victims had their clothes burnt off, but there was a surprising lack of fire damage, leading investigators to conclude that it was a brief, but powerful explosion.
The mysterious element to it was that there’s no definitive cause. Some theorize it was the gunpowder, others said it was a meteoroid crashing to earth, while others claim it was a natural gas explosion. The majority of Chinese residents, however, though it was an act of God, and ruling emperor, the Tianqi Emperor, was forced to rule it as such, after losing his only son, the crown prince in the event.
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