Deadly Explosion at Chinese Wheel Factory in Jiangsu Kunshan

Explosion at a wheel manufacturing factory in China's Jiangsu province Kunshan city.


From NetEase:

Explosion at Jiangsu Kunshan Company, Currently 65 Dead

At 7:37 on the morning of 2014 August 2, an explosion occurred in the automobile wheel polishing workshop of the Zhongrong Metal Products Limited Co. during production. At present, there are 65 dead, with hundreds injured, with investigation into the as well as rescue efforts currently ongoing. Right now, large numbers of firefighters, paramedics, and police are rushing to the scene to provide assistance.

WARNING: Below is a sample of the 44 images currently included in this NetEase photo gallery (it was updated with additional photos over time). Some include images of bodies that may be disturbing to certain viewers. Discretion advised.






2014 August 2 report, Jiangsu Kunshan, Kunshan factory explosion has local blood banks in an emergency, with city residents lining up at blood donation centers to donate blood.





Photo is of the interior of the factory where the explosion occurred [before the explosion].

Comments from NetEase:

网易浙江省宁波市手机网友 ip:36.16.*.*

So terrible! Poor people. Hope the government will do everything it can!

天一的天天下第一的一 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

It’s all because the weather is too hot, and all because the internet is too developed, otherwise how harmonious human society would be.

网易山东省青岛市手机网友 ip:112.224.*.*

Living sure isn’t easy. Looks like most of them are young people. Being burnt like that, their lives are basically ruined. Sigh, what a shame.

网易河北省石家庄市网友 ip:59.67.*.*

Over the day after the Taiwan pipeline explosion, almost all of the comments on Weibo were expressions of shock, regret/condolences, lighting candles for the departed, and rest in peace for the deceased. They didn’t fabricate rumors, didn’t make a big deal about whether CCTV reported too much or too little on it, didn’t use the incident to denounce the Taiwanese system/government, didn’t conflate it into so-called universal values, didn’t call on electing Ma Ying-jeou, didn’t become extremely negative. This is the human nature of China’s ordinary netizens. Every time something bad happens in Europe, America, Japan, or Taiwan, they are are rational, objective. They don’t flame/make fun of who and who are the biggest losers. They have much more integrity and moral principle than certain media and public commentators.
Let’s see what this incident will be like?

lu6788888888 [网易广西南宁市手机网友]:

Worrisome scenes… these injuries look frightening…

Vip传教士 [网易甘肃省庆阳市手机网友]: (responding to above)

People’s lives here don’t have the least bit of respect, so worthless. In the photos there is a person lying on the ground with no one caring, bodies being carried on large trucks, and also a naked woman without anyone using clothes to cover her up.

网易陕西省安康市手机网友 [贫僧法号智深]: (responding to above)

Direct contact with clothes when one has large burns over large areas of their body will result in infections.

网易安徽省马鞍山市网友 ip:218.22.*.* (responding to above)

Looking at the pictures, there are some people who are not rushing to help, instead holding mobile phones or whatever excitedly taking photos of their tragic, awkward/embarrassed, and even dead former coworkers. Truly speechless…

网易上海市网友 ip:140.206.*.*

A dust explosion is [combustible] dust in [concentrations] within the possibility of combusting, encountering an heat source (open flame or temperature), and the flame in a flash spreading throughout the entire space of mixture of [combustible] dust [with oxygen], the chemical reaction being extremely fast, simultaneously releasing large amounts of heat, forming very high temperatures and very high pressures, the systems energy changing to mechanical energy as well as light and heat/radiation, possessing strong destructive power.

This news story is also currently the top trending #hashtag# on Chinese microblogging social network Sina Weibo.

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  • mr.wiener

    Oh bloody hell…I can’t think of anything to add. Those poor people.

    • Dr Sun


  • Modernity.

  • JabroniZamboni

    Cutting corners wins again!

    • Dr Sun

      for who, General Motors ?

      • xiaode

        must be for a Japanese brand!

        • Dr Sun

          i take it you missed who they make the wheels for, yes ?

  • AbC

    It’s comforting to see so so many people rushing to blood banks after such tragedies. Good to know that humanity shines during dark times regardless of where you are in this world.

    On a side note, if only the Workplace Safety inspectors actually inspect the work environment and enforce safety regulations in Chinese factories instead of just pretending to walk around with a notepad whilst accepting red pockets from factory owners, then there would be far less of this situation happening.

    • Brido227

      Aye. The grotesque undermanning of safety teams can’t help either their effectiveness or morale. Over-regulated and under-policed.

  • I would love to hear what Korea and Japan have to say, but judging by the absence of these sorts of stories on koreaBANG and japanCRUSH in the past, I’m not particularly hopeful that either of these stories will receive much attention from Korean and Japanese netizens.

    Still, if the staff of any sister site happens to be reading this, I would like to put in a unofficial “vote” in favor of covering either (or both) of these stories, even if they don’t necessarily become the number one/two/three most discussed topic of the day.

    • chucky3176

      I looked around the Korean news and discussion for this story, and there were not much I could find. Koreans don’t find news out of both China nor Japan, that interesting unless it has something to do with geopolitical realities that may affect Korea. Accidents and disasters in China, as terrible they are, simply don’t interest Koreans. I can see that Japan has the same attitude toward China. However Japanese netizens are absolutely obsessed for some reason, with Korean news. You can see the stats for the two countries’ top news stories clicked, which shows that Korea is Japan’s most interested subject on the internet news rankings.

  • Alan Dale Brown

    My condolences to the families of the victims. This was not in the top Yahoo! News stories in the US – which it should’ve been (it was buried). For both of the explosions – here and in Taiwan – the tone of the comments on Chinasmack were generally sympathetic – people were afraid that they would be snarky. Unfortunately, on the Yahoo! news story about this incident, the trolls dominated the comments ( )…

    Moral of the story: there’s good and trashy people everywhere. Don’t let the negative comments made on the mainland internet get you down; don’t assume the garbage you might see on the internet elsewhere is how normal people there would react.

    • SongYii

      I just skimmed through the comments on the article you linked…. the trolls are clearly Chinese, or at least, not English speakers… some of them have classic Chinglish errors.

      The English-speaking comments are generally sympathetic.

  • Wodowsan

    Safety Last

  • Guest

    So wheres rick and the other worthless trolls have anything to comment about this.

    • Dr Sun

      strangely absent, must be his (their) day to pick up the food stamps and demand more welfare, before heading out to the range in their F250’S to let off 5000 rounds from their assault rifles and attend the local KKK/NF meeting.

      • mr.wiener

        Amusing though it is, engaging in generalizations just leads to another round of flaming and bad blood.
        How about all of you trying to be the bigger men hmmm?

        • SongYii

          Its pretty clear why those two are here at all. All they want is to foment and incite, and CS readers, bafflingly, oblige.

        • Dr Sun

          its all they seem capable of understanding.

          • mr.wiener

            Remember if you argue with a fool , they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

          • Dr Sun

            point taken, thank you

      • moop

        i’m still curious as to how you became so much more belligerent than you used to be. just in maybe the last couple months. what happened?

  • 500,000,000 years of history

    BBC: Initial reports suggested the explosion, which was heard several kilometres away, occurred when a flame was lit in a dust-filled room.

    Could someone have been trying to smoke inside?

  • loki

    What happened CS? no interest in Hackers taking over a tv station in wenzhou? Putting up picture of tank man and anti Communist party slogans? oh it not popular because its banned from weibo ….

    • Joe

      pretty much insta-ban on weibo the moment it broke

    • Sydney Ma

      Nice move, but next time they should try to hit CCTV, the channel provider they hacked has only 4 millions subscribers.

      • SongYii

        practice makes perfect

  • Kai

    Who are you referring to by “us”? I think the guy was referring to mainland Chinese netizens and their general reactions after the Taiwan explosion, but expressing skepticism about the general reactions in this incident that is local.

    • Xio Gen

      Rereading it, I misinterpreted it. It was late at night. Now I see he was talking about Chinese netizens.

  • JabroniZamboni

    Another earthquake? Me thinks it may be time to permaban Micheal J fox from visiting the People’s Republic.

  • Brido227

    The injuries visible in the photos look like flash burns such as you’d get from a fireball ripping through an enclosed space. If you compare them to the pictures of casualties being evacuated from burning RN vessels during the Falklands war, the appearance is very similar.

    Poor sods.

  • Markoff

    …and this is what happens when everyone everywhere ignore (safety) rules thinking they are invinsible, that’s why you don’t hear about these kinds of accidents in EU or not on so much scale and so often as in China

    as for blood donation – good luck not getting HIV from reused syringes, would you trust Chinese syringe even if they unpack in front of you? since ashing it and repack into new plastic bag is no problem at all in China

    • SongYii

      I always cringe a bit when I’m getting blood drawn for the visa med exam.

      • denvereen

        Me too, but I look away and try not to think about it. The unnecessary x ray pisses me off even more. Once I was given the lead coat to protect my arse and balls, yet was told the x ray was harmless…I’m no radiologist,but I asked why do I need the protection then? Unless we are bringing in TB (unlikely!), it is a pointless part of the check imho.

        • SongYii

          testicular tissue is more sensitive to radiation, this much i have learned.

          • denvereen


  • YourSupremeCommander

    Meanwhile in the projects of the good old USA, some homie is going: say what?! I gotta wait 3 more weeks for my 40″ rims?

    • SongYii

      New reality series in China could be “Safety Pimp my Factory.” Xzibit could host!

  • SongYii

    We still have our share of accidents.

  • xiaode

    “So terrible! Poor people. Hope the government will do everything it can!”
    I don´t understand this comment… the Gov. (officials) did “everything they could” (means: they took the hongbao and ignored the terrible safety conditions in the factory)

  • don mario

    these comments are silly. their should of been critisms after the taiwanese gas explosions. they only happened due to idiots trying to save a buck in the first place.

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