(From ifeng) About 11:30 on Nov 1st, two trucks carrying 72 tons of dynamite suddenly exploded when being checked out at a servicing depot near the Macangping toll gate in Fuquan City, Guizhou Province. The blast wave has resulted in 8 dead and 300 wounded as of press time. It’s said that the explosive area covers about that of a standard football field with 400 m racetrack.
The trucks were delivering 72 tons of dynamite from Hunan to Guizhou Province and stopped at a car service depot near toll gate for routine checkup, during which, as presumed, the tires caught a fire and led to the explosion.
A witness recalled: “following the blow, we saw a truck flaming up from far away, and some 10 seconds later came another blow and one of the toll booth flying out, a row of cars that awaited for fuel at the station were left with frameworks.”
According to Mr Zhang who just drove his passengers pass the toll gate for about 300 m when he heard a loud blow and blacked out; when he finally came back to himself, he found his passengers were injured to various extents as he remembered “It was like earthquake, and the blast wave shocked all the window glasses into pieces.”
The blast left two huge holes of over 10 m in diameter on the ground.
Nearby buildings were severely damaged, including a national grain reserve.
Rescue team were searching for life under the rubbles.
Injured were sent to the hospital.
While the cause of the explosion is still up for further investigation, netizens are having doubts beyond the explosion itself, such as:
“Can 72 tons of hazardous dynamite just be delivered by random trucks without armed police escort?”
“Where does this dynamite come from, who authorize the delivery and what for"
“Is the dynamite knockoff? Otherwise such a huge amount of it should have blew a total 1 km round flat.”
“Is the number of casualty for real? 70 some tons? 8 killed? How about the repairmen and people within 10 m, they were blew into ashes.”
“How did the truck tires catch a fire? Can fire ignite the dynamite without detonator?”
“Isn’t 72 tons overloading for the trucks?”
“Who’s responsible for this tragedy? The drivers? The repairmen? Or the Taliban?”
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