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Tianjin blasts: Warehouse location breached safety standards

Experts say that the location of the Ruihai International Logistics warehouse, which was at the center of the deadly explosions in Tianjin on Wednesday night, had breached China’s national safety standards. As per Chinese regulations on businesses dealing with dangerous chemicals, a medium or large warehouse should be at least 1000 meters away from public buildings, arterial roads and industrial and mining enterprises. However, the 46,000-square-meter warehouse, which stored a range of deadly chemicals like sodium cyanide and potassium nitrate, was only 500 meters away from a railway line and 600 meters from residential buildings.

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