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  • Turn your phones and learn about blast waves... that when you see pretty fire balls light up the sky, don't run up to the largest glass window you can find.

  • I'm willing to wager a GH5 there's an incompetent idiot behind the cause of this explosion.

  • I wonder what was in that container? Rocket fuel, gun powder,...? It not that easy to make an explosion with such an impact.

  • I wonder what was in that container?

    My understanding is that it was not one or two containers. But something explosive, and after first small explosion they had big detonation of surrounding parts and after it even bigger explosion.

  • Cheap materials, cheap security, cheap safety measures - I love the smell of China in the morning :)

  • At least one chemical known to have been stockpiled at the site, calcium carbide, can emit flammable gases when it becomes wet. Some outside experts speculated that firefighters, in their effort to douse the flames, may have inadvertently contributed to the explosions. “If enough water gets in there, calcium carbide is going to very quickly decompose,” said Chris Weber, president and chief executive of Dr. Hazmat Inc., a hazardous-chemical consulting concern in Longmont, Colo. “The most likely and most violent reaction would be the calcium carbide.”


    Adam Minter of Bloomberg tweets:


    fwiw - 2003 pic of container x-ray facility at tianjin binhai. they've always - ALWAYS -been super careful there.

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  • List of industrial disasters worldwide

    Example of cheap design leading to disaster: The GE Mark I nuclear reactor:

    In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

  • 10 thousands cars destroyed :-)

  • Considering the blastwave witnessed on videos, it looks like a detonation (supersonic explosion) rather than a deflagration (subsonic explosion).

    I'm not an expert on the subject, but I seriously doubt Calcium Carbide can be detonated. I'm placing my bets on some other explosive material. And on a coverup, since we know how it works over there.

  • Shot by American Daniel Van Duran : Tianjin China. We were on the top of a 33 story building watching the shooting stars, but we witnessed the whole explosion. So we had to run down the whole 33 levels and escape.

  • Cheap materials, cheap security, cheap safety measures - I love the smell of China in the morning :)

    Sure, China is just sooooo unlike "progressive-safe" USA:

  • "The first firefighters on the scene on Wednesday reportedly attempted to extinguish the flames with water, only to make the blaze worse. It was only after the explosions that firefighters switched to using foam."

  • Wow at the last video. Little explosion - little smile. How cute.

  • Combat trousers- check - walkie talkie - check - bugger off - check lol

  • What I found most intriguing about the large scale censorship in China is how many chinese expatriats you can meet even in countries like Germany that will tell you "this censorship is all for the better of the people". I wonder whether this is a result of successful indoctrination of youngsters or whether we just need to assume that those who come to us from China are kind of pre-selected regarding their truth to the party line.

  • The CNN reporter is standing in the middle of the road where work crews are. He's not interviewing anybody. All he is doing is speculation. Being shooed away isn't necessarily censorship. Can't he do the report further away with a wider view of the street? Can't he find out who's in charge and ask for an interview? But no, "you can't trust Chinese officials". As if CNN doesn't interview officials stateside ( i.e. Ferguson, Baltimore, Wash. D.C.) and get complete BS?? Sometimes, very simply, people don't want cameras in their face when they are working, especially in tense, dangerous situations. Didn't Bruce Willis punch out a reporter in one of the Die Hards?!

    A usual device used in Western news and documentaries about China is to point the camera at security personnel or police and when they are shooed away, the reporter or anchor cries censorship! But try the same thing in any North American shopping mall, government building, or disaster area. The same thing usually happens for various reasons. There are safety concerns which may not be apparent. Also, Security, Police and victims often don't want to be on camera for privacy reasons.

    Try walking into CNN headquarters with a foreign camera crew, pointing cameras at staff and anchors, reporting about CNN censorship and biased reporting. Chances are you'll be dragged away in a paddy wagon! And yes there is censorship in China and every country in the world. Organizations, corporations naturally want public perception of their organizations to be completely positive. And what about individuals? Imagine a CNN reporter walking around your backyard, getting shots of your family and pets, reporting that you have been spotted around town with a GH4 and a 14-140mm telephoto lens. Speculating that you may be a spy or peeping tom? You ask him to leave but he keeps reporting and suggests you must be hiding something. Sooner or later you may lay hands on him and his camera if he doesn't stop!

  • or "light the fuse and run" ! or better yet, use a remote control and relax at Starbucks :)

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