‘Several hundred’ tons of toxic sodium cyanide on site at time of China blast

August 16, 2015 6:00 PM

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‘Several hundred’ tons of toxic sodium cyanide on site at time of China blast

More than 700 people were injured and 95 people, including dozens of firefighters, are missing after a fire and rapid succession of blasts late Wednesday hit a warehouse for hazardous chemicals in a mostly industrial area of Tianjin, 120 kilometres east of Beijing.

By Sunday, authorities confirmed there were “several hundred” tons of the toxic chemical sodium cyanide on the site at the time of the blasts, although they said there have not been any devastating leaks.

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