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.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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