China explosions: Doubts raised over chemical licences
The Chinese firm whose warehouse in Tianjin exploded last week killing at least 114 people did not have a licence to handle hazardous chemicals until two months ago, Xinhua news agency says.
It also said that for eight months before June, Tianjin International Ruihai Logistics handled hazardous chemicals without the right documents.
Nearly 700 people were injured in Wednesday’s devastating blasts.
Residents have been staging protests demanding compensation for property damage from the government.
Thousands of people had to evacuate their homes after toxic chemicals were detected in the air following the blasts at the world’s
Some 17,000 homes were damaged by the explosions and their shockwaves.
The warehouse was storing hundreds of tonnes of sodium cyanide, far more than legally allowed, it has emerged.
It was also within 500 m of homes, in violation of laws that require a 1 km minimum distance.
Adapted from the media