Tianjin blasts blamed on hazardous materials
The Tianjin warehouse explosions in August were caused by ignition of hazardous materials, improperly or illegally stored at the site, according to a report issued by a State Council investigation team
A fire first started in a container through auto-ignition of nitro-cotton, due to vaporization of the wetting agent in hot weather. The fire spread, igniting other chemicals, including ammonium nitrate, the report said.
Authorities are continuing with pollution control and monitoring efforts nearly six months after the explosions that killed 165 people, with another eight still missing
Verified direct economic loss caused by the explosions has been assessed at 6.87 billion yuan (about $1.1 billion).
The State Council team has identified 123 people, including five officials at the ministerial level, responsible for the explosions.