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Explosion at Buncefield oil depot

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    [Dec 11, 2005]
    Anyone else hear this, this morning at about 6.00 AM.

    An explosion at Buncefield oil depot at Hemel Hempstead.

    I thought a plane had crashed outside, the walls shook and the bang was unbelievable. Went outside, and there was nothing, no noise. Then i could hear the sirens going.

    I live in Hemel about 3 miles away from the depot.
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    View from my back door.



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    I was woken around 6am, but I'd by guessing if I said it was the explosion. I'm in Bexleyheath, about 50 miles south east as the crow flies.

    I know the area well, though, cos I used to work in Hemel, & lived in Bovingdon. Where in Hemel are you, TDI?
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    Hope you are all ok TDI....
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    Yeah, were fine.

    JDP, i'm in Benetts End, about 3 miles from the depot. They evacuated Leverstock Green early this morning, there was a lot of minor damage there, doors blown off and smashed windows. My friend awoke at the sound of the explosion at Leverstock seeing the sky filled with rolling orange flames.

    Not sure how bad the industrial estate was hit, as this runs parrallel with the depot. There is also a very small housing estate in between the depot and industrial estate, i used to live there!

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    Glad to hear you're ok TDI.
    That must have been one hell of a big bang.
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    I was cleaning the car about 1pm when a thick black cloud rolled slowly over the horizon from a north-westerly direction. As it was otherwise a bright clear sunny day, I figure that was the smoke from the explosion reaching North Kent.

    I had a pal in Bovingdon who worked at Buncefield as a driver (I think he's retired now). Also, my old guv'nor from when I worked in Hemel lived in Bartel Close, Leverstock Green. Not sure if he still lives there now (it's about 12 years since I left), but if he does, I guess he's looking for a bed for the night.

    Take care, TDI.
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    Cheers guys.

    Is my TDI smoking a little.

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    I heard it in Barnet, and work is a no-go. I work at Dixons on Maylands Avenue, apparently the windows are all blown out and the sprinklers went off and flooded the building!

    Crazy!
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    so, im still unclear on any of the speculation concerning the plane crashing ??? was that just terrorist panick nonsense ???
    glad you and your family are o.k tdi mate.....
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    Glad your ok mate!!! What a nightmare....we have had the smoke coming over Enfield most of the day its horrible! I like the way you have strategically placed the motor in your pics!!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif
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    who's that in the car then ???
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    yeah, looks spooky... the second pic looks like somebodys in the font passenger seat, looking at you...

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    I think Maylands industrial estate is a no go today. And that side where Dixons is, would have probably taken a good brunt of the shock wave.

    No reports of a plane crash, but very early on, i heard from a nurse who said a plane had hit the site. But this wasn't disclosed to the press. But i suppose the residents may of heard the plane overhead. I don't think there was a plane. Who knows?

    Stig-cat is in the front of the car, doing his pre-drive checks.

    And the car just kept getting in the way of the shots.
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    ....And here me thought you set the Digi on timer and sat in the front to pose along wif the car..... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/goofy.gif/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/fuck_you.gif
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    I used to work at MDIS (now Northgate) which literally backs on to the oil tanks. I often wondered about it but you just assume it won't happen. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
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    My wife used to work at Northgate also, they did take quite a hammering being so close. It was amazing the vapour escape happened early sunday morning, injuries would have been horrific.
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    Dunno if anyone else heard about this but apparently some of the families who were evacuated have come back to their houses to find they've been looted!!!!

    2 week before christmas as well - what absolute /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif B@stards would do something like that.
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    Total lowlife.

    I can't see how there were looters, as the police presence has been huge. All roads and entrances were blocked.

    Real shame.

    Typical fcuking hemelite skum.
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