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August 18, 2015
China moves to contain cyanide after blasts kill 114
Tianjin, China (AFP) Aug 17, 2015
Rescuers trying to contain vast amounts of toxic cyanide at a Chinese industrial site combed Monday through thousands of shipping containers crushed in giant explosions, as state-run media lambasted local authorities' response to the disaster that killed at least 114 people. The August 12 explosions at the hazardous goods storage facility in the port of Tianjin set off a giant fireball, devastated a vast area and raised fears over potentially highly dangerous contamination of the local environment. ... read more

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