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    Massive explosions hit fuel depot west of London

    A fire is continuing to blaze at a fuel depot in Hertfordshire after a series of large explosions sent black smoke drifting up to 40 miles away.

    Investigation under way

    In total, 20 petrol tanks were involved in the fire, each said to hold three million gallons of fuel.

    Police say 43 people were injured, two of them seriously, after flames shot hundreds of feet into the sky. The first blast at 0603 GMT at the Buncefield fuel depot, close to junction 8 of the M1 motorway was heard more than 100 miles away.

    The fire, which police believe was an accident, could burn for another day.

    About 2000 people living nearby the Hemel Hempstead site have been evacuated, while police have advised others to keep their windows and doors closed because of fumes.


    Thick clouds of smoke are spreading to the south-east and south-west of the site.

    One person is in Watford General Hospital in intensive care with respiratory problems. Another person is in Hemel Hempstead Hospital being kept under observation.

    The other 41 people were treated for minor injuries and discharged.

    Earlier rumours a plane was involved in the incident were unfounded, said a police spokesman.

    Witnesses said another two explosions followed the first at 0626 GMT and 0627 GMT.

    Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said: "There is still a possibility there could be further explosions."






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    looks pretty eerie...

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    Casshew, is that little green thing suppose to represent the oil tanks. Don't laugh, it is a serious question! LOL

    That black cloud looks deadly, and it does look eerie Rocky because of the way it is fanning out and the daylight being dimmed from the smoke; Awful. Wonder if it was accidental or terrorist activated?

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    I thought December 11th was found in one of the raids on extremist showing they had something planned for that day...

    Officials are saying it was just an accident that blew up 10 3 million barrel oil tanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by scandi
    Casshew, is that little green thing suppose to represent the oil tanks. Don't laugh, it is a serious question! LOL
    What little green thing? the policeman?

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    YaYa ~ Didn't look close enough. Where's the dunce hat! LOL


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    Huge cloud of smoke drifts across France toward Spain

    Firefighters battle oil depot fire

    HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England (AP) -- Firefighters returned to fighting an oil depot inferno that has spewed thick smoke as far away as France, after they'd stopped briefly over fears that one tank in the complex might contain highly volatile fuel.

    The 150 firefighters withdrew at 3 p.m. GMT Monday after extinguishing flames in 12 of the 20 tanks, said Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher. Five hours later, his office said firefighters were again tackling the blaze.

    The fuel in the tank had been identified as aviation turbine fuel, or avtur, a type of fuel that was not as volatile as had been feared, Wilsher's office said.

    The smoke cloud has drifted over Brittany and Normandy in northwestern France and was headed toward Spain, France's national weather service said Monday.

    "Poison Cloud Hits London Tonight," warned the Evening Standard newspaper.

    Authorities say they believe the explosion at the Buncefield depot 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of London was an accident but they will examine other possible causes, including terrorism.

    The terminal stores 16 million liters (4.2 million U.S. gallons) of fuel and the fire has caused jitters on the global oil market and raised questions about safety at the nation's oil facilities.

    "There is nothing to suggest that it is anything other than an accident, but we're keeping an open mind and when we get into the site we'll treat it as a ... scene which could be a crime. We'll be doing full forensics," said Chief Superintendent Jeremy Alford of Hertfordshire police. "We'd be remiss if we didn't."

    Firefighters battled the enormous fire for more than 30 hours before pulling back on Monday. Authorities shut a major highway nearby and extended a closed-off zone around the depot because of the chance that the tank might explode, Wilsher said.



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