China: Blast at Tianjin warehouse, no casualties reported
A warehouse explosion was reported in China’s Tianjin on Monday, state media said.world Updated: Oct 13, 2015 02:19 IST
A warehouse explosion was reported in China’s Tianjin on Monday, state media said, just two months after a massive blast in the eastern port city left more than 160 dead.
The blast came at a warehouse storing “alcohol materials” in Beichen district’s Xiditou township, official news service Xinhua said.
Police received a report of an explosion at 9.46pm local time (1346 GMT), but the fire had been put out and no casualties had yet been reported, it said.
The explosion became a trending topic on the Sina Weibo social media platform, with users posting what they said were images of the blast. A total of 165 people died as a result of the explosions of August 12 at a hazardous goods storage facility, which devastated a swathe of Tianjin, authorities say, including nearly 100 firefighters.
The explosions and their aftermath raised a host of questions in China about industrial safety, as well as the enforcement of residential zoning regulations, government transparency and the adequacy of firefighter training.
First Published: Oct 13, 2015 02:17 IST