Chinese prosecutors accuse port officials of negligence

The Donghai road light rail terminal in Tianjin, China, is seen covered in debris

The Donghai road light rail terminal in Tianjin, China, is seen covered in debris

Chinese prosecutors are accusing 11 officials in the Chinese port of Tianjin of negligence over the deadly blasts that erupted from a chemical warehouse there this month.

The huge, fiery explosions killed at least 145 people, according to authorities, and caused severe damage over a wide area.

China’s top state prosecution body yesterday identified 11 officials who it said had failed in their oversight of Ruihai International Logistics, the company that used the warehouse to store and transport dangerous chemicals.

Among the accused are officials from the municipal transportation commission, the port operator, work safety agencies, a local planning administration and the Tianjin customs office, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Ruihai, the company that city officials say was storing hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals at the warehouse, is also under investigation.

State media reported last week that senior executives of the company were in detention.

Yesterday, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said the number of people from Ruihai detained by police stood at 11, as well as an official from a company that did safety assessments for Ruihai. The detainees are suspected by police of illegally storing dangerous materials, it said.

–CNN

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