Tianjin hit by new warehouse blast

  • 13/10/2015

A warehouse explosion has hit the Chinese port of Tianjin just two months after a massive blast in the city killed 165 people.

No-one appeared to have been killed by the blast on Monday evening (local time) at a warehouse storing alcohol and other chemicals, district officials said online.

Explosions are common in China, where safety standards are often lax. At the weekend 17 people were killed in Anhui province when a gas canister blew up at a restaurant.

By the early hours of Tuesday morning the Tianjin fire had been put out and no casualties had yet been reported, officials in the city's Beichen district said on social media.

Authorities say 165 people died in massive explosions at a chemical storage facility that devastated a swathe of the northern port in August.

Local authorities said the blast was caused by a company that had illegally rented a warehouse to store chemicals.

The facility had 3000kg of alcohol, in close proximity to 1000kg of acetic acid, used to make plastics, it said.

The August explosions and their aftermath raised a host of questions in China about industrial safety, and poor firefighter training.