Two days after massive explosions rocked Tianjin on Wednesday night, the fires are finally being controlled and survivors rescued from the smoldering ruins, but serious dangers still remain, like these tiny white particles.
Chinese media reports that when these small white crystals are combined with water, they combust violently, scattering sparks that can seriously burn the skin.
White crystals that combust when meeting water still scattered around Tianjin blast site.Pray for Tianjin (if that's your thing). Just please don't pray for rain.>> http://shst.me/br6
Posted by Shanghaiist on Friday, 14 August 2015
These are the same kinds of substances that one firefighter told Caijing they had not been warned about before entering the scene. The respected magazine posted the interview with the firefighter on to its Weibo account where it received some 10,000 shares before being harmonized.
Concern about the explosions have now shifted to what kind of pollutants they may have launched in to the air. There have been rumors that dangerous sodium cyanide was released into the atmosphere, but the Tianjin government has stuck firm to its stance that air quality has returned to normal, aided by winds carrying any harmful pollutants east to the Bohai Sea.
So, pray for Tianjin (if that’s your thing). Just please don’t pray for rain.
[Images via Sina News]