Mystery surrounds the recent Tianjin blast. People are warned of the possible of toxic rain. There are more issues and rumors, but are they true? Is the US responsible? Find out in this Tianjin blast update.
Fears shroud the port city of Tianjin in China as there are reports circulating that the rain combined with the toxic chemicals pose risk to people. Residents were saying that the mysterious white foams formed after explosion are causing burning sensation in the eyes and skin.
Mysterious foam appeared after Tianjin explosion
According to a report from Shanghaiist, “unidentified white foam” has appeared on the streets close by the site of the explosion. People who had contact with the foam were one in saying that it caused burning sensation on the face and lips, Shanghaiist reported. Some residents said they felt itchy.
The concern was valid since officials have already confirmed that 40 types of dangerous chemicals were detected at the explosion site. The toxic chemicals include 800 tons of ammonium nitrate and 500 tons of potassium nitrate, Shanghaiist reported.
Avoid all skin contact – US Embassy
Also, people have been receiving texts purportedly from the Embassy of the United States in China. According to the text message, the Embassy is warning against all skin contact with rain.
“If on clothing, remove and wash as soon as possible, and also shower yourself. Avoid pets coming into contact with rains, or wet ground, and wash them immediately if they do. Rise umbrellas thoroughly in your bath or shower once inside, following contact with rain,” the said message went on saying.
“Exercise caution for any rains until all fires in Tianjin are extinguished and for the period 10 days following. These steps are for you to be as safe as possible, since we are not completely sure what might be in the air,” the message said.
However, the U.S. Embassy had since denied that it issued the text message, saying “the Embassy is also aware of social media messages relating to the Tianjin explosions from sources claiming to represent the U.S. Embassy. These messages were not issued by the U.S. Embassy.”
Nevertheless, it warned against going to the site of explosion. “Media sources have reported extensively on explosions at the port of Tianjin, China on August 13 and August 15. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Tianjin to follow the guidance of local authorities and avoid the blast area until given further instructions.”
Fears over rain mixing with toxic chemicals
Elsewhere, the dangers of the rain mixing with toxic chemicals are being widely reported. Xinhua has reported that the country’s meteorological authority has predicted a thunder storm over the blast site. The report said that one chemical weapon specialist said that rain water when mixed with chemicals add to the probability of new explosions. The rain may also spread the toxins, the expert said. Nevertheless, authorities will work to contain the outflow of the contaminated rainwater.
Another report from NBC News has quoted Bao Jingling, chief engineer for the Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau, saying “if there is rain, it will produce hydrogen cyanide, so we are monitoring it closely.” Bao, nevertheless, downplayed the dangers and fears surrounding the mix of rainwater and chemicals, saying “we can say currently it isn’t very serious.”