Chinese officials put animals and birds near the Tianjin blast site to check the quality of air in the area. The animals were dead after two hours.Reuters

Chinese authorities placed live rabbits, pigeons and chickens near the Tianjin blast site in an effort to calm the public who were worried about the presence of poisonous chemicals in the area. The animals and bird were alive for more than two hours, Reuters reported.

Images of rabbits, pigeons and chickens in brightly-coloured cages are being shared among Chinese citizens as part of the government propaganda to dispel fear of contamination in the region.

Since the massive explosion at the warehouse owned by Ruihai International on 12 August, there has been much concern, especially after it was found that deadly cyanide had leaked into underwater drains. Cyanide was also found in the air.

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Amid rising fear, another development on Thursday further spread panic among Tianjin residents. Thousands of dead fish washed ashore from a lake located six kilometres from the explosion site.

However, local officials, who are still investigating the "mysterious death of the fish in the Tianjin lake", claimed that it had nothing to do with the explosion.

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