Insane Explosion in Tianjin, China

More than 200 military biochemical specialists were dispatched to the Chinese port city of Tianjin following a series of thunderous explosions that killed at least 50 people and forced officials to face uncomfortable questions about industrial safety standards and possible toxic fallout. At least 17 of the 50 killed were firefighters, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. More than 700 others were hospitalized, including 70 victims who suffered critical injuries, Xinhua reported. Police in Tianjin told the Associated Press that an initial blast occurred at a warehouse storing shipping containers of flammable material owned by Ruihai Logistics, a company that says it is approved to handle such materials. That explosion then triggered similar blowouts at other facilities, with massive fireballs spewing into the sky. The cause of the initial fire and explosion is still unclear.