First responders took a huge hit at Tianjin and 67 firefighters are dead, another 37 firefighters are missing and 11 policemen were also killed.
Industrial safety is vague in China. Understandably people are angry and are calling for change.
Following the Tianjin blast inspectors began checking out similar warehouses and properties; according to reports inspectors unearthed safety issues at 85 out of 124 sites, resulting in two emergency factory closures.
Many dangerous facilities are situated within short distances of residential properties.
There are no reports of contamination or pollution following the warehouse fire in Zibo city at this time.
Two blasts in 10 days could highlight China's terrible safety record or point to something more sinister; time will tell.
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Thursday state media in China said the blasts happened in a warehouse storing "dangerous and chemical goods" in the port area of the city of Tianjin and mainstream media reported the company involved as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd.
Hospitals and rescuers are overwhelmed and the army has been drafted in to help search and rescue teams.
More than 700 people sustained injuries.
But from day one there were fears of pollution and chemical damage in the air.
Journalists reporting from the scene were bare-faced although they may have worn protective face-masks off camera.
So why the evacuation four-days after the first blast?
The toxic chemical sodium cyanide has been found near to the blast site. A wind direction change adding to concerns.
The dangerous toxic particles were expected to drift out to sea and disperse but now look set to blow inland.
Local people sheltering in 'safe' buildings have been ordered to put on masks and long trousers and get the hell out of the area.
Specialist troops will enter the affected areas and work as they would in 'chemical warfare'.
Although the Chinese State agency has insisted up to now air and water quality remain fine the presence of sodium cyanide could be a game-changer.
Fresh explosions along with some fires still burning also make it a dangerous place to be right now.
This is a huge disaster and chaos, perhaps organised to a point, still ensues.
What is sodium cyanide?
State media also said senior managers of Ruihai Logistics, which owned the warehouse where the explosion took place, were being questioned by authorities."
The first blast happened 23:30 (15:30 GMT) Wednesday with the second and more powerful blast following in a matter of seconds.
Aftershocks were felt miles away causing terror away from the fires and blasts.
Hospitals are reportedly overwhelmed with casualties; around 500 people at least sustained injuries.
Damage from the fires and blasts is extensive.
At least 12 firefighters are recorded as dead and the overall death toll is expected to rise.
The company involved is Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd.
Monday August 24;
The death toll is currently 121, 54 people are unaccounted for and air pollution is extensive. First responders took a huge hit at Tianjin and 67 firefighters are dead, another 37 firefighters are missing and 11 policemen were also killed.
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