- Title: CHINA-BLAST/FILE File footage shows Tianjin explosion and aftermath
- Date: 27th August 2015
- Summary: TIANJIN, CHINA (RECENT - AUGUST 14, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM BLAST SITE BURNT OUT BUILDING BUILDING WRECKAGE FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE BURNT OUT CARS TIANJIN, CHINA (RECENT - AUGUST 13, 2015) (REUTERS) RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX WITH SMASHED WINDOWS CURTAIN HANGING OUT OF WINDOW GLASS ON FLOOR AT ENTRANCE TO BUILDING BLOOD ON BROKEN DOOR CAMP SET UP FOR EVACUEES PEOPLE SITTING IN TENT INJURED RECEIVING TREATMENT TIANJIN, CHINA (RECENT - AUGUST 15, 2015) (REUTERS) SOLDIERS WALKING THROUGH BLAST SITE VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS WALKING TO AREA WHERE DRUM CONTAINING CHEMICALS LANDED BURNT OUT DRUM CONTAINING CHEMICALS CHEMICALS ON GROUND MILITARY PERSONNEL WALKING WITH SAMPLES TIANJIN, CHINA (RECENT - AUGUST 19, 2015) (REUTERS) POLICE STANDING IN FRONT OF PROTESTING HOMEOWNERS HOME OWNERS CALLING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BUY BACK THEIR HOMES POLICE IN GAS MASK PROTESTERS STANDING WITH BANNERS
- Embargoed: 11th September 2015 13:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: China formally detained a dozen people over explosions in the city of Tianjin on Thursday (August 27), and has accused 11 officials and port executives of dereliction of duty or abuse of power.
Two huge blasts ripped through a chemical storage facility on August 12, flattening part of the city's port, killing at least 145 people and injuring hundreds.
News of the detentions came a day after the ruling Communist Party sacked the head of the work safety regulator, a former vice mayor of Tianjin, for suspected corruption, but without making an explicit link to the explosions.
The chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy general managers of Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics Co Ltd, owner of the warehouse that blew up, were among those who were "criminally detained", the state-run Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
The agency said in an English-language report they had been arrested. In China, criminal detention precedes arrest, which happens only once police level formal charges.
Tianjin Port Holdings, the listed entity of the port's main operator, said it understood from the Xinhua website that its chairman, Zheng Qingyue, was being investigated for dereliction of duty and its vice-chairman was temporarily taking over his duties.
The company was operating normally, it said in a stock exchange statement.
Separately, the state prosecutor said on its website an investigation of the blasts had found officials from a range of agencies to have been irresponsible, negligent and lax in the supervision of Tianjin Ruihai.
Among these agencies were Tianjin's transport, land resources, work safety and customs offices, besides state-owned port companies.
It named 10 officials suspected of dereliction of duty and one suspected of abuse of power.
Anger over safety standards is growing in China, after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disasters to factory fires, and President Xi Jinping has vowed that authorities will learn the lessons paid for with blood.
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