According to a press conference held by the local government, at least 19 people died and 172 were injured in a fuel tanker explosion near an expressway exit in Taizhou City, Zhejiang province, on Saturday afternoon. The truck had the tank blast off shortly before it hit a factory workshop nearby, triggering a second explosion. Footage posted online showed clouds of yellowish black fumes and residential buildings razed to the ground. Rescue forces were dispatched to the scene to pull survivors from the wreckage.
On Weibo, a popular social media site in China, some Internet users complained about those postings related to the accident quickly removed from the list of most searched hashtags and hottest topics; others claimed to have witnessed at least 40 deaths on site, under which someone mocked that he bet that the death toll would not be more than 37, which is a line drawn by CCP to decide whether to hold local government officials accountable and therefore, would potentially damage their promotion.
As cruel as it may be, such an explosion is no strangers to people in mainland China. This explosion comes as the latest episode of a series of industrial accidents in recent years. On August 12, 2015, multiple explosions killed 173 people and injured hundreds of others, which is based on the doubtful official reports so there could be more, at a container storage station in Tianjin, a transportation hub in northern China, with the whole country shocked by apocalyptic images of thick mushroom-cloud-like smoke. A year before that, a dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in Kunshan, Zhejiang killed 146 and injured 114. During the following five years, there have been at least one case each year and all of them have brought heavy casualties yet been covered up by CCP’s media. No one can be certain about the real number of people died and injured in those cases.
This is typical CCP, manipulating its mouthpieces to do everything possible to make sure that accidents of this magnitude are downplayed and any voice in defiance of official accounts of the story is suppressed, which stands in stark contrast with the relentlessly all-day coverage, delivered by state-run broadcast outlets, of any hint of bad news in western countries, such as weeks of reporting and commenting on protests in the US sparked off by the death of George Floyd in an attempt to present a miserable picture of life in the US, which is the primary target of a nonstop smear campaign to brainwash its people about how democracy can fail and become the source of chaos and disorder.