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Explosion In A Barracks

Explosion in a barracks

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The vapour space of two 100-m³ heavy fuel oil tanks, both built with stationary and nonflexible roofs, exploded inside a barrack. Welds on the shell/bottom junction were torn apart. The first tank, containing 7 m³ of hydrocarbon, loosened and fell[...]
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Explosion in an oil depot

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  • FRANCE
A leak occurred at the level of a fitting on a 12" racking pipe located downstream of the foot valve on a 4,525 m³ tank containing unleaded gasoline with a 98 octane rating (SP98). The retention basin of this tank[...]
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Fire in a fuel depot

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  • FRANCE
At a hydrocarbon depot located in an urbanized zone, welding work was underway on the "emergency access track". At 11:15 am, a leak of premium-grade gasoline occurred, succeeded by a sudden flash. Site technicians attempted to extinguish the ensuing pool[...]
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Derailment Of A Petrol Train And Fire

Derailment of a petrol train and fire

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  • FRANCE
A 22-railcar convoy derailed at 11:50 pm in a small town of 2,000 residents; 9 tanks carrying 80 m³ of unleaded fuel spilled, ignited and exploded. This burning gasoline consumed dwellings and reached the sewer system. Electricity had to be[...]
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Explosion following a refinery leak

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  • FRANCE
An explosion occurred around 1:00 am in a single-family dwelling. On their return from a trip, the homeowner by drawing hot water from a tap caused the water heater to turn on, causing ignition of the hydrocarbon vapours that had[...]
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Fire In A Tire Depot

Fire in a tire depot

  • Accident report
  • CANADA
Fire broke out in an open depot containing 10 million tyres (200,000 m³) over a 5-ha zone, which was divided into 5 storage areas with a 4-m average height (max: 7 m). The blaze began in a corner of the[...]
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Gas leak

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  • FRANCE
Five tons of liquid propane leak occurred during transferring from a tank car to a propane sphere. The leak was caused by a malfunctioning rupture unit on a loading arm in which only 2 of the 3 rupture blades ruptured.[...]
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Perforation Of An Oil Pipeline

Perforation of an oil pipeline

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  • FRANCE
While conducting earthworks, a loader punctured an oil pipeline (Ø = 400 mm), buried 1.2 m deep and carrying naphtha at a pressure of 8-10 bar. Emanating from a 30 cm² opening, a jet spray 5 to 10 m high[...]
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Explosion Of A Truck Of Explosives

Explosion of a truck of explosives

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  • ROYAUME-UNI
At 9:45 am, a vehicle transporting nearly 800 kg of explosives exploded while making a U-turn on a company's premises within an industrial park where it had taken a wrong turn. The lorry, specially equipped to transport up to 5[...]
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