BBC NewsA fire is continuing to blaze at a fuel depot in Hertfordshire after a series of large explosions sent black smoke drifting across south-east England. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has visited the scene of the blasts which injured 43 people, two seriously. A fire chief described the incident at the Buncefield fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead, after 0600 GMT, as possibly the largest in peacetime Europe. The fire, which police believe was an accident, could burn for another day.
I was watching the report on the news this morning, and apparently the sound of a jet flying over was heard just before the explosion - at first, terrorists were suspected, but that seems highly unlikely now, unless sabotage was involved.
The smog cloud is massive - it's slowly covering southern England. This is going to cause a lot of environmental issues - Although when you think about, that's like burning in a day what the UK expels in total in about a month or so.
If it was an accident, it was a very serious one. Usually these facilities have very stringent safety protocol. Another twist is the fact that this depot was one of several that was blockaded during the fuel strike in the UK a few years back by angry environmentalists. Personally, I'm a little suspicious of them, but then again, this doesn't exactly help their cause.
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
i was in the town center when it happened, the earth literally shook, the fire was awesome , thankfully no one died
So are you guys saying that maybe a military jet dropped its payload over this facility?
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
I think rumors speak of a small sportsplane. But no prove so far to confirm this. I will asume it's a very serious and unfortunate accident that caused this disaster. They said the nightwatch smelled gas but before he could report it the explosions started. That sounds a little strange though, I can imagen that there are fire, smoke and gas detectors all over the depot. Those either must have failed or have been sabotaged.
Luckly no people died though! If you watch the news and see those satelite images you will see one massive cloud!
17th June 2002
You're not talking about the fuel strike, are you? I was under the impression that was caused by hauliers pissed off by extortionate levels of fuel tax? They threatened the same a few months ago. Besides, environmentalists are hardly going to set fire to a big oil depot to get people to stop setting fire to oil It's going to be them who will be shouting for even more safety procedures over the next few weeks/months, I very much doubt they started a fire. Workers at the facility wouldn't likely start it, as they're the ones who would be more likely to die in the process. Angry hauliers wouldn't start it, as it has the potential to drive fuel prices up further. Environmentalists want to ban fire in general, so they wouldn't be likely to do it. Perhaps it was the fire service trying to prove how much they deserve their pay rises? Perhaps it was Tony Blair trying to divert focus away from the fact that he's wrecked most of Britain AND Iraq? Maybe it was George Bush! He must have used his alien mothership to destroy it and eliminate any potential competition in the oil industry!!! Maybe the oil has gained sentience and decided to wage war on humanity for the decades we've been burning it?! OR MAYBE IT WAS AN ACCIDENT?!?! I'm sorry for the sarcasm. I don't mean to insult you. It was more of an expression of irritation of the way people try to find the most complicated answer to the simplest problem.
yod@i was in the town center when it happened, the earth literally shook, the fire was awesome , thankfully no one died
I always thought you lived in India... when'd you move?
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
Mr. Matt I always thought you lived in India... when'd you move?
yes i did , but moved here to do my masters in the university of hertfordshire
Rookie_42apparently the sound of a jet flying over
Please don't start another conspiracy. Anyone! :bawl:
Oh yeah, if i go up a hill near my house I can see the smoke. The oil station is at least 40 miles away.
I appreciate what you're saying, Matt, but sometimes things are different from what they seem at first. I hope it was an accident, we've had enough terrorists, riots and disasters here for one year.
Rookie_42I appreciate what you're saying, Matt, but sometimes things are different from what they seem at first. I hope it was an accident, we've had enough terrorists, riots and disasters here for one year.
How much oil was blown up in the disaster? Is it still burning? Large fires can burn for mounths, the World Trade Center burned for 3 mounths, it was so suprising that it burned that long, and that was just the contents of a skyscraper and a planes load of gas.
This will probley burn for at least a year, if not longer, unless the fire dept. is willing to dump a lot of foam on that fire, and even then it will take a long time.
And it ain't eco or reg terrosrists, why is it that whenever something big goes down everyone runs around histericlly screaming "OH MY GOD THE TERRORISTS HAVE COME!!! WE'RE ALL GONNA F*CKING DIE!!! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE ME!!!" I swear man, my mom did that when we were in DC and like 20 cops surronded a buliding, and it turned out to be... that a bank was robbed and some people got locked in a safe! All that troble for a couple of people locked in a safe! It's BS man the 1st thing people think whenever anything bad, no matter how minor is "AAHH IT'S TERRORISTS!!!" Just pitiful that lifes come down to this.
Air cashes are quite common...Seeing how much celebs fly I'm surprised they don't die more often.
However it seems in Houston we've go Oil refineries blowing sky high every month...BP blew its top and the sad thing is they may have been fined but theres no one in america that regulates safety conditions of the refiners or in other words there are no enforcers to make sure their keeping people safe
BP killed...(i think) 14 people...or it was 14 injured and two died. BP is more than 40 miles away on the otherside of Houston from me in the west and we felt the blast like a 3.0 earthquake.
What's worse is that houston isn't zoned propperly. Industrial areas sit right next to residential zones and schools. And considering how old England is they're probably not Zone either less theyve done it with in the last 40 years