Tianjin blast probe suggests action against 123 people

The deadly warehouse explosions in China’s northern port city of Tianjin last August were caused by improperly stored hazardous materials.

That’s according to a report issued after an investigation spearheaded by China’s cabinet, the State Council.

The probe lasted five months after the blasts, which tore through a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals at the Tianjin Port, killing at least 165 people.

The report says the explosions were caused by ignition of the dangerous goods, improperly or illegally stored at the site.

The probe team also suggests that 123 people, including 5 officials at the ministerial level, be punished for the incident.

Direct economic loss from the blasts amounted to 1.1 billion U.S. dollars.

Pollution control efforts are still underway at the site, nearly half a year after the disaster.

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