Top executives detained in investigation at Tianjin warehouse explosion

Xinhua says China blast warehouse did not have proper license for months and two senior executives of the company have been detained.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The explosions sent fireballs high into the sky, burned buildings and sent shockwaves through apartment blocks several kilometers away.

Updated Aug 19, 2015

Chinese authorities have arrested ten senior executives who work for the company believed responsible for the blast of massive explosions that devastated the Tianjin, China on Wednesday.

Firm had disregarded licencing procedure two years ago according to inspection records.

They have been under detention since August 13. Earlier reports had said two unnamed executives of the firm were in detention.

Meanwhile, warehouse did not have certification to handle dangerous goods between October 2014 and June 2015 but continued to work with hazardous chemicals, Xinhua reported.

According to an assessment by government environmental inspectors published in 2014, the warehouse was designed to store dangerous and toxis chemicals. Moreover, it held ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate and calcium carbide.

In July this year, 15 people were killed and more than a dozen injured when an illegal fireworks warehouse exploded in the province of Hebei, which neighbours Tianjin.

Tianjin city is one of China's biggest cities with a population of nearly fifteen million people and Wednesday night began with explosions that were so large and sent shockwaves through apartment blocks several kilometers away.

Explosions at a chemical warehouse left more than a hundred people dead and hundreds injured.

Many of firefighters were already on the scene before the explosion and rescuers were attempting to remove 700 tons of deadly sodium cyanide from the area.

Prosecutors in Tianjin said earlier they were investigating two senior officials from Binhai district on suspicion of corruption. Moreover, authorities promised to investigate the cause of the disaster.

According to authorities, at least 57 people are still missing. This explosion was the world’s 10th largest and seen by satellities in space.

TRTWorld and agencies