72 tons of delivering dynamite explode in Guizhou, 8 killed 300 injured

| November 2nd, 2011


(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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  1. Cultural Imperialist says:

    Now if only they could drive their trucks full of dynamite up to the local Party offices for a “check”. Then they’d be fulfilling Chairman Mao’s vision: “炮打司令部! Bombard the Headquarters!”


    Too soon? After all, the Cultural Revolution was only 40 years ago.

  2. Curren$y says:

    Ahaha Chinese people can’t dodge dynamite

  3. J-Wang says:

    Wow Mainlanders are dumb as shit. What kinda nation transports 72 tons of dynamite all at once? I bet you they were using a regular, ghetto trucks as well.

    A wheel setting on fire, and thereby igniting the explosives? Could this scenario be any more pathetic?

    A first world nation like Germany wouldn’t have done this.

    • MikeH says:

      Germans are by far the best people in Europe, besides Nordics.

      In terms of intelligence and rationale, I’d put Chinese in the same group as Africans. This is not a compliment.

  4. Jin says:


    “Dynamite is otherwise fairly difficult to set off. It does not ignite and explode in fire for example. While movies often show a burning fuse attached to dynamite, the fuse is to set off the blasting cap, not the dynamite itself. Without a blasting cap, dynamite can actually be burned. In fact, bomb disposal squads often burn old dynamite in place rather than risk moving it.”


  5. Jin says:


    Or it could be radioactive materials?

  6. WhiteMan_stealing_your_AsianGF says:

    1- Rent a huge hangar

    2- Hijack truck carrying dynamite

    3- quickly hide the dynamite in hangar

    4- abandon the truck

    5- wait a few weeks, rent or steal a truck

    6- drive the truck to Beijing, blow up every Gov buildings.

    7- Start revolution and democratically elect leaders

    8- Liberate North Korea

    • Jin says:

      There is no reason for North Korea to be liberated; military expenditures are steadily increasing which is typically a bad thing, but it creates jobs and give the US a reason to occupy a few bases in South Korea – essentially, these are proxies.

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