Tian­jin blasts blamed on haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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