China’s latest chemical explosion has killed 19—and recalled the Tianjin tragedy

In August 2015, deadly explosions ripped apart warehouses storing dangerous chemicals in the port city of Tianjin, China, killing over 160 people and forming a crater visible from space. After revelations that the company involved had been illegally operating for years thanks to its owners’ strong political ties, the government vowed to improve the nation’s lax safety standards and crack down on corruption. coque iphone Chinese president Xi Jinping said authorities should learn the lessons paid for in blood.

But a deadly chemical blast last night has again called into question China’s safety standards. coque iphone Killing 19 people and injuring 12, the explosion took place at a chemical plant a few hours outside Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province. coque iphone 8 The explosion reduced a trio of three-story buildings to their steel frames, local media reported, and shattered windows in nearby buildings. soldes coque iphone 2019 Beijing News, citing the local fire department, reported that methanol caused the blast (link in Chinese).

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A production house next to the blast in Yibin Hengda Technology’s industrial park.
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The core explosion area.

The company involved, Yibin Hengda Technology, makes chemicals for the food and pharmaceutical industries. coque iphone pas cher Founded in 2015, last year it received approval from Sichuan’s environmental protection department to build a $7.5 million chemical production plant, reports Southern Metropolis Daily (link in Chinese). coque iphone pas cher The plant is not fully completed but production has begun.

Quartz was unable to reach the company or local authorities overseeing business registrations. coque iphone 8 We’ll update this post as more information comes in.

On Chinese social media, commenters expressed skepticism about industrial safety standards improving in China.

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