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[Comment] Industrial accidents in China: risk reduction and response

Accidental industrial disasters are often associated with illegal and unethical industrial and commercial practices. A warehouse explosion on Aug 12, 2015, in Tianjin, a major port city in China, caused 158 deaths and 698 hospital admissions.1 Post-disaster investigations at the explosion site reported illegal storage of dangerous chemical substances comprising 1300 tonnes of oxide and nitrate compounds (mainly potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate), 500 tonnes of flammable materials (consisting of metallic sodium and magnesium), and 700 tonnes of highly toxic substances (mainly sodium cyanide).

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