Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Giant plume from Europe's worst peacetime fire



'London is completely blanketed by the black plume of smoke from Europe's worst peacetime fire in a new Envisat image, taken within five hours of the blaze beginning.. . The pall of smoke comes from a fire at Buncefield oil depot on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead. Buncefield is the fifth largest fuel storage depot in the UK, distributing millions of tonnes of petrol and other oil products per year, including aviation fuel to nearby Luton and Heathrow Airports.' More

Spill or leak may have ignited oil depot blaze

'A major explosion at a UK oil depot on Sunday - igniting Europe’s largest peacetime blaze - may have been the result of a spill or leak, say experts. But they have allayed fears of damage to health and the environment.'

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