TAINJIN, CHINA – For the Chinese port city of Tainjin, it is a scene of apocalypse now that most of the fires are out, leaving behind death, smoke, and the fear of deadly gases, such as cyanide.
China’s military says the two warehouses that blew up last week stored more than 100 tons of sodium cyanide, maybe up to 700 tons.
The primary use for sodium cyanide is in the mining industry to extract gold and other precious metals.
Thousands of Chinese troops are searching for toxic chemicals, taking water and soil samples to give authorities a better idea of the magnitude of the chemical contamination in hopes of neutralizing any remaining chemicals before the next rain, which could create poison gases.
The head of the Beijing military region told reporters no one is affected outside a two-kilometer radius, about 1.25 miles.
But some of the displaced residents demanding compensation and answers are not buying the party line.
And now there is new video taken less than a quarter-mile from the blast, showing the frightening power of the explosion.
The Chinese government claims the blasts killed at least 114 people, including 21 firefighters.
As many as 700 were injured and nearly 100 are missing.
So, unless the government stops counting, we can count on the number of dead to rise.