China Blasts

Fire Continues to Rage in China as Death Toll Mounts to 56

Date of Release: 
Aug 14 2015

Over 1,000 firefighters aided by military experts trained in nuclear and biological warfare today battled to put out flares emitting toxic fumes in north China as two fresh explosions struck this major port city after two massive blasts killed at least 56 people.

Fires are still burning at the site of the two massive explosions some 36 hours after the blasts as another 6,200 people were evacuated to prevent further casualties.

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Chinese blasts raise questions about having a hazardous site near housing

Date of Release: 
Aug 14 2015

On Wednesday afternoon, Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics was just one among countless Chinese industrial firms, a no-name handler of dangerous chemicals in the northeastern port city of Tianjin.

Since Wednesday night, when massive blasts at Ruihai’s seaside facility devastated a swath of Tianjin’s Binhai district, killing at least 56 people, hospitalizing 721, and leaving thousands of nearby residents temporarily homeless, the company has found itself at the center of a public outcry over a perceived lack of transparency and public accountability.

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