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Gas Tank Fire in Guangzhou Subway Train Raises Security Questions
Residents in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, want local authorities to bring back security checks to the city's subway following a scary fire in a train this week.

Updated:1294899775Source:Global Times


Strict security  check is implemented in the metro stations during Asian Games. (Guangzhou Daily)


Residents in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, want local authorities to bring back security checks to the city's subway following a scary fire in a train this week.

A passenger ignited a gas tank in a subway car along Guangzhou Metro Line 10 Monday, leaving four passengers slightly injured. The workers in the subway did not stop the suspect from taking the gas tank into train.

The suspect, whose surname is Wu, confessed to the police that he wanted to vent his anger through arson because he was unhappy with his life, Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News reported.

During the Asian Games from November 11 to 27, when the average passenger flow reached more than 4.2 million a day, authorities implemented security measures in the subway including 321 X-ray scanners in 145 subway stations.

Security checks in the subway were not in operation Wednesday, two days after the incident, the paper reported.

Han Zhipeng, a member of Guangzhou People's Political Consultative Conference, called on the local authorities to bring back security checks for all subway passengers.

"There are clear regulations for the passengers who get on the Guangzhou subway," Han was quoted as saying.

"The case that a suspect could carry a gas tank into the subway without being stopped showed loopholes in the management."

The case raised concerns about security among local residents.

Li Guangjin, a local resident, told the Global Times Wednesday that although security checks in the subway delay people during rush hour, he felt it is necessary to avoid danger.

"Both Beijing and Shanghai subway authorities have been following strict security measures in the subway for years, which ensure the security of passengers," Li said. "If the security measures in the Guangzhou subway could be as strict as that of the Asian Games period, it could have prevented the gas tank fire."

(By An Baijie)

Editor:Jessie Huang
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