Sunday, December 11, 2005

UK Blasts: Huge explosion at Oil Depot.

UK: News still sketchy at BBC and Sky news.

BBC: "Three large explosions have taken place at an oil depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. Police say there are casualties. They are at the scene, said a spokesman. The first blast happened at 0603 GMT, at the Buncefield oil depot, close to the junction 8 of the M1 motorway 10 miles from Luton Airport. Residents up to 30 miles from the scene reported hearing a "loud boom". One eye witness told BBC News: "There are lots of houses damaged." Witnesses said another two explosions followed the first at 0626 GMT and 0627 GMT. The M1 near the scene has been closed in both directions. "
SKY NEWS:
Sky Correspondent Geoff Meade has said he can see flames about 200ft in the sky and there appears to be burning fuel. The blast appears to be centered around the Buncefield fuel depot near junction 8 of the M1. It was so powerful it was felt more than 20 miles away. Thousands of viewers are contacting Sky News with reports it shook houses many miles away. Witnesses have said that buildings have been brought down and the roofs of houses were lifted by the force. The windows were blown out at the Ramada hotel in Hemel Hempstead, which is being evacuated after reports of injuries.

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