At around 8:55 p.m., a natural gas explosion (vapour cloud explosion - VCE) occurred on a bridge pier containing a polyethylene natural gas pipeline (DN125) passing through a stainless steel sheath, and a steel pipeline (DN 114). A fire had initially broken out at around 8 p.m. in a squat on another pier. The heat fluxes released caused the steel pipe to bend and the polyethylene pipe to melt. Natural gas was thus able to migrate through the sleeve via its couplings and form explosive pockets.
Four firefighters injured during the interventio [...]
A fire broke out at 10:15 am in a warehouse subject to authorization (item 1510 of the nomenclature of the French classified installations) at an external storage of wooden pallets. Employees are evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters.
The economic consequences of the event are estimated at:
- 1,000 euros for material damage (destruction of 152 pallets);
- 4,500 euros for operating losses (evacuation of staff for 40 minutes).
The volume of the extinguishing water is evaluated at 50 m³. No damage to the environment is noticed by the operator [...]