Chemical Defense Troops Enter Core Zone to Test Air, Water, Soil (Video)

Chemical Defense Troops Enter Core Zone to Test Air, Water, Soil Video by CCTV Video News Agency

A group of chemical defense troops under the People’s Armed Police on Wednesday entered the core zone of last week’s Tianjin warehouse explosion to sample and test the air, water and soil.

Two deadly blasts occurred at a toxic chemicals warehouse in north China’s Tianjin on August 12, killing at least 114.

The tests aimed to clear the way for large machines to enter the site’s core zone to remove debris. China’s armed police on Tuesday deployed 80 machines to the site.

“First, we are testing the air quality in the core zone. Second, we are detecting dangerous objects along this main road, both along the road and on the road, testing the air quality and detecting dangerous compounds. Our troops are going to clear the zone. Good air quality is a prerequisite for troops to enter the zone. Then we have to look at soil and nearby dangerous objects. We have to ensure dangerous objects are within human tolerance before large machines come here,” said Gao Zhixin, a deputy Chief of Staff from a chemical defense troop.

While the troops were carrying out their tests, two minor explosions occurred at the site.

 

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