The tragedy occurred on the highway between Ningbo and Wenzhou in the city of Wenling, according to CNN.
The number of victims reaches up to 172 people. However, there are still missing, so now are carried out rescue work. The explosion was of such force that brought down several houses, burying under the rubble of people.
Company Chongqing Daily, which owned the tanker, has already brought to administrative responsibility for violation of safety rules during inspection of the cargo.
At the scene continue search and rescue operations.