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Massive explosions hit fuel depot west of London

Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by Casshew, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    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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  2. Rocky

    Rocky Former Member

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    looks pretty eerie...
     
  3. scandi

    scandi New Member

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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?

    Scandi
     
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    Rocky Former Member

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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
     
  5. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    What little green thing? the policeman?
     
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    YaYa ~ Didn't look close enough. Where's the dunce hat! LOL


    Scandi
     
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    Rocky Former Member

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    Firefighters battle oil depot fire

     

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