CHINA: Hundreds Injured After Massive Industrial Explosion Rocks Northern City Of Tianjin [VIDEO]

The BBC reports:

A massive explosion has hit China’s northern port city of Tianjin, reportedly injuring many people. According to Chinese state media, the explosion occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up at about 23:30 (16:30 GMT). Pictures and video shared on social media showed flames lighting up the sky and damage to nearby buildings. Latest reports in state media suggest that hundreds of people have been taken to hospital. Xinhua news agency said a fire started by the explosion was “under control” but said two firefighters were missing. Shockwaves from the blast could apparently be felt several kilometres away from Tianjin.

Tianjin is China’s fourth-largest city with a metro population of about 15 million. The explosion’s mushroom cloud was reportedly visible for 50 miles.

  • bkmn

    That would be America if tRump or any of the knuckle-draggers get into office. Cut regulation! Corporate profits above all else.

    I hope the early numbers of casualties will come down but I am not expecting that to happen.

  • LonelyLiberal

    My best to those involved. Disappearances to those who never made rules on how to handle this shit, or ignored them in favor of profit.

    • Andy King

      Someone will probably disappear over this, one can only hope it’s someone who bears responsibility.

      • LonelyLiberal

        Alas, it’s always a scapegoat, like the guy who followed the orders because otherwise he’d starve on the street corner.

  • MattM

    Just saw this video of it.

    Absolutely insane.

    • Andy King

      hoping the person who filmed that is okay, as are others affected by the explosion. what in the world exploded, though?

      • MattM

        I read a story that said a petroleum plant. But based on that fertilizer explosion in Texas, I’m going with something like that.

      • ColdCountry

        One story said a shipment of TNT.

        • TommyTune

          No wonder it was so strong! You realize just how strong when you hear the thunderous sound of the explosion linger long after the event itself as it radiates outward, on and on, ever so slowly fading, like the sound of a massive pipe organ rumbling through a vast, never-ending cathedral. Truly awesome, but not in a good way.

          • ColdCountry

            And I bet their ears were ringing with it even longer!

  • Bad Tom

    Multiple enormous explosions. It looks very bad.
    The only good thing is that since they were handling explosives, one hopes they were taking somewhat adequate precautions. That may explain why there are only hundreds of people hurt (so far.)

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Octavio

      I’m amazed it isn’t at least 1,000. The initial blast looks like the Bikini Atoll test!

      • zhera

        They have to be found first…

        • David L. Caster

          Yeah, I’m not hopeful. One report has it that it was close in effect to 25,000 lbs of TNT. We should get more information tomorrow. That’s a very nasty thing to have happen in a densely populated city.

          • Acronym Jim

            I doubt we’ll ever know the real number of casualties. China isn’t known for being forthright about this kind of thing.

          • David L. Caster

            There is that. We are even less likely to learn exactly what and how much of it exploded. Many of those casualties may simply never be found, having been incinerated or blown to bits. It certainly was a serious industrial accident. The explosion was particularly forceful and the blast area was largish suggesting that whatever compound was involved burned relatively slowly and created a sustained pressure wave during detonation.

  • wow, that was huge. my condolences to all the families of the dead. there are going to be a bunch.

    if i were a journalist, this would be a story to pursue. there’s a long, cluttered chain of people responsible for something this massively wrong. whatever happened here, you can be sure the people ultimately responsible are thinking about running, right now.

  • SilasMarner

    Reminds me of the Texas City disaster of 1947. Not alive then but saw documentary on History channel years ago.

  • Octavio

    The video in link previously posted by Sam Handwich (not the current post) showed the real magnitude of the explosion from 10 or 15 miles away. It appears equal to a small atomic weapon. Very frightening. Linda Harvey is responsible for this disaster.

    • I was going to blame Obama but Linda Harvey is OK with me.

    • OrliJoe in Fla

      It’s sign from the sky fairy that Linda Harvey is responsible for this explosion in China!

    • perversatile

      Yes -Indeed
      I saw Linda Harvey with my own eyes,
      She had sticks of TNT ( mostly up her ass ),
      a box with the pushy down thing
      and a nefarious coyote accomplice~
      possibly of the Wiley variety

  • Not a good week for China.

    • Todd20036

      True, but I don’t think anyone is caring too much about China’s devalued currency right now.

  • BeaverTales

    I hope there aren’t any dumbasses in China like those American women a few months ago in NYC taking smiling selfies in front of an accident scene where people died. That said, the video is terrifying.

  • AtticusP

    I’m vacationing on the Vineyard, but…

    • Rebecca Gardner

      This is clearly Obama’s fault because today is a day that ends in “Y.” duh!

  • Paula

    Pat Robertson will probably say his gawd is punishing the U.S. for Gay marriage.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      As usual, gawd has terrible aim.

      • Paula

        I know. You’d think he’d work on that or something.

  • zhera

    How horrible. 🙁 guaranteed many people died there.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Truly a terrible and frightening tragedy.
      We live in a very scary world.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Such a terrible event. Sadly, many lives were probably lost……I wonder how long before we’re blamed for this one?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Does this mean the iPhone 7 is gonna be delayed?