A damaged building is seen among debris at the site of Wednesday night's explosions in Binhai new district of Tianjin, China, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
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Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.Hundreds of people were injured and 85 firefighters and 10 others are missing since a fire and rapid succession of blasts late Wednesday hit a warehouse for hazardous chemicals in a mostly industrial area of Tianjin, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Beijing. The death toll includes at least 21 firefighters -- making the disaster the deadliest for Chinese firefighters in more than six decades.Two state-run Chinese news outlets, The Paper and the Southern Metropolis, reported that the warehouse was storing 700 tons of sodium cyanide -- 70 times more than it should have been holding at one time, and that authorities were rushing to clean it up. The massive explosions Wednesday happened about 40 minutes after reports of a fire at the warehouse and after an initial wave of firefighters arrived and, reportedly, doused some of the area with water.
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