Tianjin Explosion, Whose Fault was it?

I blame thermodynamics.


  • Here’s what we know so far:

    At least 50 people have been killed and 701 injured after two explosions at a warehouse containing large quantities of dangerous chemicals in the port city of Tianjin. Of those wounded 71 are said to be suffering severe injuries.

    Fires were still smouldering almost 22 hours after the blasts while chemical experts assess the hazardous materials on site. The cause of the blasts is still not known. The warehouse is reported to have contained large quantities of the highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide. A team of 217 military toxic waste specialists have arrived in Tianjin.

    The explosions were so massive they could be seen from space, according to satellite photos released by the Japan meteorological agency. The force of the blast also prompted alarm at China’s National Earthquake Network.

    Thousands of people have been left homeless, with 6,000 people expected to spend the night in emergency shelters. Witnesses described residents near the site fleeing their homes – some dressed only in their underwear.

    The blasts occurred shortly before midnight local time (4pm GMT, 2am AEST). A shipment of so-far unidentified “dangerous goods” in a warehouse went up in flames, causing explosions so strong that they shook homes on the other side of the city and sent flaming debris arching over nearby high-rise buildings.

    Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, “urged all-out efforts to save the injured and minimize casualties”. Li Keqiang, the prime minister, gave orders for authorities “to intensify search and rescue”.

    The owners of the factory at the centre of the blasts – named as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd – have been detained. The firm had flouted packaging standards two years ago according to inspection records.

    Authorities earlier said they had lost contact with a further 36 firefighters tackling the huge blazes. It is not clear if this includes the 12 who are confirmed to have died. Over 1,000 firefighters and 143 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene.

    Guardian reporter Fergus Ryan, who is in Tianjin, says smoke continues to billow across the city. He also reported a further small explosion and fires still ablaze, with damage to buildings and cars as far as 3km from the scene.

    Greenpeace has warned that chemicals involved in the blaze could pose an ongoing threat to Tianjin residents. Beijing has played down fears that a toxic fumes are heading for the Chinese capital.

  • "The Tianjin Binhai New Area explosion, just how many people were killed? Officially published figures say 50 people died in the accident, 11 of which were members of the firefighting effort. However, "Apple" reporters followed family members of those missing, and police cars into the disastor-zone investigation. According to the police, 120 firefighters and armed police entered the site to help, but only 4 came out. Added with the others, there should ought to be approximately 200 dead.

    The police also said, there were many dead from those living in their houses, mostly from broken shards of glass. The power of the explosion was enormous, with everything within 10 kilometers being affected. Police also criticized firefighters for improperly fighting the fire with water; you must not use water, use chemical foam fire extinguishing instead.

    Most strange is this: I have a friend on WeChat (Chinese IM service), her friend was a soldier involved in the rescue, who told her that they had already lifted, two or three hundred bodies from the site. Internet users also said not to trust the news from the mainland."
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    I think the fault lies with the person / people who caused it ........ am I right or wut? .... woop,woop! Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you ....

    Have you seen the full vid footage? It's fuckin spectacular. The guy filming is like shit far away, sees the explosion and then the shock wave hits him. I was amazed there weren't more deaths.
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    This specific vid footage is what I was talking about. I watched it last night.

  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator -__-
    what the fuck could have made that explosion. What uses does Sodium Cyanide have? (Wikipedia says pest control).

    Corruption and unenforced laws are to blame.
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator -__-
    The Chinese language sounds amusingly inadequate when trying to express shock or anger.
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch

    The Chinese language sounds amusingly inadequate when trying to express shock or anger.

    Haha, Come to think of it I notice that. AwwwWWWwwwwW ..... HoOOOoooo

  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator
    Sounds like some of the chemicals on site are highly reactive/explode on contact with water. Bit of a fuck up on their behalf lol.
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