pilot kaz
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:10 pm

There has just been an HUGE explosion outside my house....

There was a massive bang that echo'ed for a whike, walk outside to find the skt bright orange with Fire.... LOOKS BIG, looks like the woood on fire....

will update

gom im scared...

[Edited 2005-12-11 07:11:14]

That has woken the whole town... people swaming to the scene trying to help

Its an Oil Depot, people heard and felt the blast fro 20 MILES AWAY!

[Edited 2005-12-11 07:15:31]
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:12 pm

shite!  Sad


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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:17 pm

Eeeeek I hope everything is ok. Stay safe Kaz.
 
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:22 pm

Its here i can see flmaed AT LEAST 70 foot high from where i am now....
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:25 pm

Wow - hope that there weren't any people hurt in the blast! Good luck to any involved.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:28 pm

Geez, the explosion was huge. Even though I am no where near the area it set off car alarms and woke up everyone in the street. I really hope this is nothing serious or fatal. The BBC is saying it's possibly at an oil depot.

Glad to hear you're alright kaz.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:29 pm

guys iv never been so scared in my life.......

its all over the news
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:31 pm

....fuel depot near Luton Airport. God bless, let's hope it was an accident and pray for no one to be hurt.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:33 pm

Is it possible that a plane crashed?
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:34 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 9):
Is it possible that a plane crashed?

I highly doubt it....
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:38 pm

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1205711,00.html

He said blasts are "going off regularly" and debris has blown onto the motorway.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:39 pm

Damn, you guys stay safe over there. I hope nobody has been hurt.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:42 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4517962.stm

Doesn't seem to be many details on the web yet...Could somebody on that side of the pond tell us what they are saying on the News?
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pilot kaz
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:44 pm

All i can say at this point is that a Huge area is in flames....

70 foot high from where im standing... my doorstep.

there have been smaller expolsions also...

I feel so usless, theres nothing I can do  Sad
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:44 pm

Keep us posted Kaz - and be safe.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:45 pm

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 14):
All i can say at this point is that a Huge area is in flames....

70 foot high from where im standing... my doorstep.

How far away are you?
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:46 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 16):
How far away are you?

a little less and a mile away...

My house shook, doors fluw open, things fell of the sides when the blast happened.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:46 pm

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 14):
I feel so usless, theres nothing I can do  

take pictures
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DaddiesSecret
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:46 pm

If it's near Luton it'll probably be classed as urban re-development.

[Edited 2005-12-11 07:51:28]
 
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:47 pm

Just to reiterate how powerful this explosion was, people are contacting Sky News and it seems like most of the South East of England felt this explosion. As Kaz said it's really scarry.

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Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 17):
a little less and a mile away...

My house shook, doors fluw open, things fell of the sides when the blast happened.

Wow. I hope all of your family and friends are safe.

Any idea what caused this yet?
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:51 pm

Im am truly in shock seeing this open up, from my own doorstep....

Its like looking into hell.. Sad
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:52 pm

Hertfordshire Police have confirmed this happened at Buncefield Oil Depot and there are casualities.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:53 pm

Quoting Horus (Reply 23):
Hertfordshire Police have confirmed this happened at Bunsfield Oil Depot and there are casualities.

Any indications of terrorism? Any initial reports on causes?
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:55 pm

i'm waiting for details
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:07 pm

I hope this didn't happen, but the BBC is reporting:

Eye witness Dave Franklin told the BBC: "We woke up at 0555 GMT. There was a massive loud bang which broke windows above us and to the right. The whole sky just turned orange and black.

"Several other neighbours said they did see a plane go into the depot."


Stay safe, Kaz.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:08 pm

The M1 is closed both ways. There is a huge mass of smoke, and it goes on and on and on.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:09 pm

It could very well be terrorism, but by God lets hope not. I believe within the past few days Al-Queda did state they wanted to target oil facilities, or we got intelligence of some kind that they were at risk.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051207/ts_nm/qaeda_zawahri_video_dc_8
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Quoting B777-700 (Reply 36):
I believe within the past few days Al-Queda did state they wanted to target oil facilities

.. in muslim states though..
 
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:11 pm

I live about 15 miles away from the location, and my entire family were woken up by the explosion, with all the doors and windows shaking. Seriously loud stuff, some say they heard it in Kent!
 
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:13 pm

Wow, that sounds pretty damn scary. Best wishes to all in the area, and stay safe.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:13 pm

What about Member EZairbus....Glenn, he lives around there too.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:17 pm

Quoting AC777LR (Reply 41):
What about Member EZairbus....Glenn, he lives around there too.

I have spoken to Glenn, he is fine.

I may be evacuated due to smoke guys. ill keep u updated...
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:19 pm

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 42):
I may be evacuated due to smoke guys.

Crikey. Sounds bad.... keep safe all of you in the area
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:20 pm

British newspaper Telegraph is reporting an explosion at the M1 fuel dump near Hemel Heampstead...
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:21 pm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/kazkaz/blowup085.jpg

This is the current scene
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:23 pm

Thats massive, Bunsfeild right? You can see the huge flames.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:25 pm

That is pretty full on kaz but dont worry it allways looks worse its all the smoke...


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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:25 pm

From the BBC article:

"Dave Franklin told BBC News: "We woke up at 0555 GMT. There was a massive loud bang which broke windows above us and to the right. The whole sky just turned orange and black.

"Several other neighbours said they did see a plane go into the depot.""


That doesn't sound good. I can't imagine that terrorists would be ramming planes into industrial areas at 6am in the morning, and I hope it's just somebody seeing something that wasn't there, but it is a somewhat troublesome thought (especially with the fumes).

Horus, Kaz, Glenn, Gman, Mikedlayer, and everyone else around there, stay safe, don't panic. Best wishes to all of you.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:30 pm

It's good to hear you are allright (and your windows didn't burst).
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:33 pm

That looks scary.  frown  Kaz stay safe you and your family.
 
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:48 pm

sorry kaz but
baddark, badblurry and badquality.... we still really would love to have these pictures in the thread though and would encourage you to try and improve them and reupload.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:52 pm

Quoting APFPilot1985 (Reply 51):
sorry kaz but
baddark, badblurry and badquality.... we still really would love to have these pictures in the thread though and would encourage you to try and improve them and reupload.

welcome to the real world of photography



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Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 52):
welcome to the real world of photography



p.s. get a life

p.s. take a joke
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:03 pm

That's one of Britain's major oil and gas distribution centres. Depending on what's involved, it could really screw up the gas and petrol supply for the whole country. It's also the supply depot for Gatwick and Heathrow.

Heathrow's Bovingdon stack is overhead, too.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:06 pm

The latest by the police is that it was an accident and unconfirmed reports suggest 6 casualties. Fortunately early on a Sunday morning there would only be a dozen or so workers at the depot. The scale of this fire is truely huge. The thick acrid smoke has literally blackened the sky and the environmental impact will be significant. LTN which is around 9 miles away is still open as normal.

Initial (unconfirmed) reports suggests there are 20 tankers at the depot of which 5 have been destroyed. Each tanker has the capacity for 3 million gallons.

http://www.herts.police.uk/crimedata...e/site/content.php?article_id=2031

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p.s. thank you for your kind words Mir and everyone else

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Whoa! It's on CNN. The whole thing is nothing but fire.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:08 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 54):
Heathrow's Bovingdon stack is overhead, too.

No Its southwest of this.

This is the flight path for southbound flights out of LTN though.

I cant see any more flames, just smoke, so so so much smoke.

Thanks for the support guys. My old Work is damaged apprently and people I know there have got out (Thank God!)
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:25 pm

Send your pic to Sky News.
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Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:29 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 58):
The Police are saying to keep doors and windows shut too.

Yeah, definitely a good idea.

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