Tianjin Explosions: New Drone Footage Reveals Desolate Aftermath

Drones can capture some incredible scenes like this above footage that was taken over the massive crater that once was a chemical storage area in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

The crater was the result of two massive blasts that obliterated the storage facility on August 12, killing over 160 people and injuring many more. Ninety-five firefighters were among those who perished.

The drone footage shows a clean-up operation is under way.

The size of the crater gives an idea of the explosion’s power, which was created by the ignition of thousands of tons of hazardous chemicals.

For more background, see this report by BBC made not long after the explosions occurred:

Included among the 12 people arrested over the blasts are the owners of Rui Hai International Logistics, who the ABC says were shown on China’s state television “confessing” to using official connections to obtain safety permits.

Rui Hai International Logistics are meant to be specialists in the handling of hazardous materials.

Their chemical storage facility was situated within 600 meters of residential buildings, despite regulations requiring such facilities to be at least a kilometer away.

The ABC said that industrial mishaps are not uncommon in China, with official corruption seen as a key reason behind the sloppy enforcement of safety rules.

Policy of censorship

Reporters Without Borders criticized the ruling Chinese Communist Party for censoring information and controlling reports on the accident, which was similar to what was done during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake “when they opted for a policy of censorship and repression.”

See China Uncensored’s take on the Tianjin explosions and the subsequent state media coverage:

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