Deadly cyanide was stocked at Tianjin blast site

Large amounts of highly toxic sodium cyanide were being stored at the chemical warehouse that was rocked by two massive explosions in China’s port of Tianjin four days ago. The death toll has risen to 112.

Shi Luze, regional chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, gave the first official confirmation Sunday that highly poisonous cyanide had been detected at two locations in the blast zone.

“The volume was about several hundreds of tons according to preliminary estimates,” he told reporters, adding that specialists were working to clear the area of chemicals before possible rain showers.

Earlier, Chinese media had reported that around 700 tons of sodium cyanide were at the site. The chemical forms flammable gas upon contact with water and can be fatal when ingested.

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