China has arrested 23 people under criminal charges tied to the Tianjin blasts, state media said.

Among the arrested are the the chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy managers of the warehouse that exploded, as well as officials from various state departments and customs officers, said Xinhua.

The massive explosion on Aug. 12 has so far racked up 139 deaths, with 34 people missing still.

These arrests come a day after the government sacked the chief of the State Administration of Work Safety, Yang Dongliang. Chinese media said Yang is being investigated for a “severe violation of discipline and law” — a euphemism the Communist Party has used in the past for corruption. Read more…

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