On 12 August 2015, a massive explosion at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, killed 173 people and caused 797 non-fatal injuries, as well as rendering eight persons missing. Upon investigation into the disaster at Ruihai International Logistics, a company specialising in handling hazardous goods, it was concluded in February 2016 that the initial blast was caused by an overheated container of dry nitrocellulose. The second explosion, which was far larger, involved the detonation of approximately 800 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The nightmarish footage, courtesy of eyewitness Dan van Duren, captured the moment the first two blasts brought fear and panic to those in the vicinity. Following criticism regarding the poor coverage of the incident and emergency response, Chinese government brought it upon themselves to censor the Internet and social networking sites using such words as “explosion” and “Tianjin”.