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Iowa and Tianjin natives react to explosion at chemical plant

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TIANJIN, China (KWWL) -

Fires are still blazing at the chemical plant that exploded twice in Tianjin, China late Wednesday.

The explosions impacted the John Deere plant nearby, injuring many Deere workers at home living near the plant, and workers working at the Deere facility at the time.

Quad Cities man and retired Deere employee Dave Wessel is worried about his friends in China, "I still consider and worry about all the people that worked for me, my managers, my engineers that used to work for me. I really, really wonder what happened to them," he said.

His former assistant, Rong Li, is a Tianjin native, she says the impact of the explosions have just now hit her.

"A day later I realized wow, that's a big thing going on. I started asking my friends who live in that area. They're dealing with hazardous chemicals and that can possibly have long term impacts on the quality of life for local residents," said Li.

There is still much to be assessed in the situation, including the cause of the fire.

Previous coverage: http://www.kwwl.com/story/29781579/2015/08/13/some-john-deere-employees-in-china-injured-by-explosions

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