China (again) Liquefied Gas Explosion in Wuhu

11 10 2015

AP – Gas Container Explodes in Restaurant in China, Killing 17

BEIJING — A leaking liquefied gas container exploded on contact with fire in a restaurant in eastern China, killing 17 people, authorities said.

The explosion happened just before noon Saturday at a small privately run restaurant in Wuhu city’s Jinghu district, the Wuhu city government said on its microblog. Wuhu is in Anhui province, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Shanghai.

An initial investigation found the gas cylinder leaked and came into contact with fire, triggering an explosion, the city government said. . . .  (more)


China (again) – Zhejiang chemical plant explosion

8 10 2015

Oct. 5 – 7 injured in Zhejiang chemical plant explosion

An explosion at a chemical plant in China’s Zhejiang province on Monday has injured seven people, according to reports by Xinhua News Agency.

The blast, which led to a major fire, occurred at a chemical plant belonging to Hongxiang Chemical Company, situated in Shangyu City. Nearly 70 firefighters were sent to put out the blaze.

The site of the explosion is situated near a warehouse containing 50 tonnes of flammable chemicals, including sodium chlorate, though it remains unclear what triggered the blast. . . . (more)




Joaquin Flores on the Balkanization of Southeastern Europe

8 10 2015





China Explosion Again – Deadly “Parcel Bombs” in Liuzhou

30 09 2015

L.A. Times Parcel bombs rock southern Chinese county, killing 7, injuring 50

Explosions rocked a shopping mall, a county government office, a supermarket, a hospital and about a dozen other locations in the southern Chinese county of Liucheng on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 50, local media reports said.

The blasts – which damaged buildings and overturned cars — were apparently caused by parcels that began detonating shortly before 4 p.m., a local police official told state-run China Central Television.

Up to 60 other suspicious packages were identified and were being turned over to the local bomb squad for investigation, state-run media said. Police sent text messages to local residents not to open packages. . . . (more)

Chaos and concern as 7 killed after 15 letter bombs eplodes in China

BEIJING, Oct 1 — Seven people were killed yesterday when 15 letter bombs exploded in southern China, state media said, with blasts reported in multiple locations including government offices.

Police described the blasts, which injured 51 people on the eve of China’s national day, as a “criminal case”, ruling out a “terrorist act”

They said a 33-year-old local suspect had been arrested but gave no immediate explanations regarding his motive. . .

. . . Pictures showed portions of six-storey buildings gutted and collapsed, and streets littered with glass, bricks and other debris. . . . (more)








UPDATES will go in comments here – FC

SEE ALSO Pivot to WW3, our China Explosions index page.

Pope Address U.S. Congress – Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade

25 09 2015

From Dandelion Salad

Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.” – Pope Francis

Dan Froomkin – Pope Decries “Shameful and Culpable Silence” on Arms Sales “Drenched in Innocent Blood”

” . . . a healthy chunk of those [U.S.] arms sales — especially to Israel and Egypt — are heavily subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer.

Congress, which could have blocked any of this, went along happily — in no small part because of the approximately $150 million a year the defense industry spends on lobbying and direct campaign contributions.”

The United States Leads Upward Trend in Arms Exports, Asian and Gulf States Arms Imports Up – SIPRI

Stockholm, 16 March 2015 (SIPRI)* – The United States has taken a firm lead as the major arms exporter globally, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 16 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14.

BREAKING: Explosion at Shandong, China Chemical Plant

31 08 2015

Blast reported at chemical plant in northern China

“BEIJING – An explosion shook a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, state media said on Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of casualties in a country on edge after blasts killed more than 145 people last month.

A single “loud” blast occurred at the plant in Dongying shortly before midnight, state radio said on its official Weibo microblog, showing pictures of the explosion in what appeared to be a fairly remote industrial area.”

Blast Seen in Chemical Industry Zone in Shandong, Daily Reports

“An explosion was seen and heard in a chemical-industry zone in eastern China’s Shandong province at 11:25 p.m. local time on Monday, People’s Daily reported via Twitter.”






Gas Pipeline Blows Up in Hangzhou, China

28 08 2015

Gas pipeline eruption in Hangzhou sends ‘rotten egg’ smoke 20 storeys high
There were fears that a larger fire or explosion would occur with the amount of natural gas billowing out. So far, there have been no reported casualties.”

Perhaps that was the original plan …. if it was sabotage – FC

On Hangzhou:

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world