Officials at Tianjin port where blasts killed 44 met recently to discuss safety: Agency

Fire, containers and cars are damaged after a huge explosion rocked the port city of Tianjin on Aug 13, 2015.
Fire, containers and cars are damaged after a huge explosion rocked the port city of Tianjin on Aug 13, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Officials from the northeast Chinese city of Tianjin, where two huge blasts in warehouses containing toxic chemicals and gas killed 44 people, said just a week ago they had discussed tightening safety standards with companies at the port.

The Tianjin Administration of Work Safety posted a notice about the meeting with companies handling dangerous chemicals at the port on its website on Aug 6. It did not give a specific date of when the meeting took place.

 

Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area at the port late on Wednesday. More than 500 people were injured and at least a dozen firefighters were among those killed, officials and state media said.