China Arrests 11 Officials Over Deadly Explosion

They're accused of 'abusing their positions'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:47 AM CDT
Updated Aug 27, 2015 5:59 AM CDT
China Arrests 11 Officials Over Deadly Explosion
In this Aug. 13, 2015, photo, a shattered window frames the site of an explosion at a port warehouse in Tianjin.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 people over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people. The national prosecutor's office says those held include current and retired officials in Tianjin, along with others working for the company that runs the port. They're accused of dereliction of duty and abusing their positions. The investigation has so far focused on how the warehouse's owner, Ruihai Logistics, was able to gain permission to handle dangerous chemicals despite being located inside a legally mandated 1,000-yard buffer zone from homes and roads. Police have already detained 12 Ruihai employees as part of their investigation and are also looking into a company suspected of providing bogus safety assessments. (Read more China stories.)

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