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Published on 13 Aug 2015 | about 1 year ago

Six different angles of the 2015 Tianjin explosion, synced together.

The 2015 Tianjin explosions were a series of explosions that killed over 170 people and injured hundreds of others at a container storage station at the Port of Tianjin on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. The first two explosions occurred within 30 seconds of each other at the facility, which is located in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, China. The second explosion was far larger and involved the detonation of about 800 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. Fires caused by the initial explosions continued to burn uncontrolled throughout the weekend, repeatedly causing secondary explosions, with eight additional explosions occurring on Saturday, 15 August.

The cause of the explosions was not immediately known, but an investigation concluded in February 2016 that an overheated container of dry nitrocellulose was the cause of the initial explosion.

Poor coverage of the event and the emergency response to it received criticism.The Chinese government also censored the internet and social media using the words "Tianjin" and "explosion", and announced it had taken down multiple websites for publishing "false" information.

As of 12 September 2015, the casualty report was 173 deaths, 8 missing, and 797 non-fatal injuries.


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