Exploding fuel barges rock downtown Mobile, Alabama — Six blasts reported over several hours — Firefighters pull back — Cruise vessel, shipyards evacuated (VIDEO)

Published: April 25th, 2013 at 7:28 am ET
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WKRG: Multiple Explosions Rock Downtown Mobile, Critically Injure 3 People [...] Emergency responders monitored a series of powerful explosions involving fuel barges with liquified natural gas on The Mobile River. The initial blast happened around 8:30 Thursday night, and could be felt as far away as Bay Minette.

NYTimes: A series of explosions on two fuel barges on the Mobile River in Alabama caused a fire to burn out of control into Thursday morning, leaving three people critically injured and forcing the evacuation of a Carnival Cruise Lines ship nearby.

AP: Multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges near Mobile, Ala., led to a major fire Wednesday night that left three people critically injured with burns and created a situation so unstable that fire and rescue officials decided to let the fire burn into the night. [...] As they were responding, a third explosion occurred at about 9:30 p.m., Mobile Fire and Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman wrote in an email to The Associated Press. Three more explosions followed over the next few hours.

Reuters: Explosions and resulting fires on two barges in the Mobile River off the Alabama city’s shore injured three people and forced officials to evacuate nearby shipyards and one cruise vessel on Wednesday. Mobile Fire Chief Steve Dean said that for safety reasons firefighters were keeping a distance from the barges, which were carrying raw gasoline and had already been the source of multiple explosions.

Watch video of the explosions here

Published: April 25th, 2013 at 7:28 am ET
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24 comments to Exploding fuel barges rock downtown Mobile, Alabama — Six blasts reported over several hours — Firefighters pull back — Cruise vessel, shipyards evacuated (VIDEO)

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    What were these barges doing in the Mobile River? Is it common for them to be there? Was there damage to the City of Mobile other than what was reported? Was the Mobile tunnel affected? Are there real journalists left in the US?


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      All kinds of petro stuff in the Port of Mobile, so barges and tankers wouldn't be unusual: http://goo.gl/maps/VrXoD

      No idea about damage, but the earlier explosions were in a industrial area (Austal Shipyard).

      And yes, there are real journalists left in the U.S. for now but they don't work for the news networks anymore – they're unemployed. They have been identified as potential information terrorists by Homeland Security SS Intelligence services. Rich psychopaths and their government lapdogs are in the process of tracking them down, arresting and eventually 'liquidating' them as fast as it can.

      Hasn't AP or Reuters picked up the journalist purification program? It was part of the Patriot Act. Maybe I saw it on RT.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Can robots replace journalists? A software program has been developed to allow robots to do journalistic reporting:

        http://ijnet.org/community/groups/10189/can-robots-replace-reporters


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        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          That should come in handy. Evil journalists and their dangerous 'weapons of mass reporting' have been driven completely out of the United States. The networks are growing tired of paying good money to offshore content farms for news-spewage. Software sounds cheap and easy.

          Not that I need news anyways. The government will tell me if there's anything important that I need to know or that I am allowed to know. Information is dangerous and best handled by trained government officials first.


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        • We Not They Finally

          Why bother building robots to be journalists when so many journalists have already been turned into robots? (Ha.)


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    BTW, the film will not play and there is no sound. It's amazing how much traffic moves along that bridge and tunnel every day.


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    notice how billions are bring 'spent' to shore-up the globalized military-police-state, yet next to nothing goes to ensuring against industrial accidents?

    We're now looking at trillions in projected losses over the next few decades, from Fukushima alone! Where was the oversight? Add the recent Texas fertilizer plant to this endless list of oversight failures. Supposedly the last time this plant was inspected was in the late eighties!

    So, while the military-police-state will assiduously scribble down the names of those who post on this site, when it comes to monitoring the industrial activities of a chemical company, they couldn't be bothered. From rusting nuclear power plants to LNG-fuel-laden barges, when it comes to the security of the people and the protection of our environment, there's zero oversight…


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Industrial accidents are no threat to the government, Aftershock. They could care less.

      Only peons are injured or killed in accidents. There's more replacement peons everywhere – they breed like rats and always seem to be willing to work for food. Nope, no shortage of replacement peons expected now or ever.

      As a bonus, industrial accidents are great job-creators. Someone has to clean up the mess left behind and bury the 'used up' peons. Not to mention that industrial accident lawsuits are great profit centers for law firms. They have to pay for hookers and coke just like everyone else.

      It's a win-win situation. Mobile STRONG!


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      • We Not They Finally

        Hey, hey, hey, you guys. Oversight IS government. RESPONSIBLE government. Support that. Strengthen it. Or we really really REALLY have nothing….


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          not opposed to government, WNTF. We are for greater accountability. So, while I'll agree with your call for responsible government, you'd need to elaborate further on what you mean by strengthening it…


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        appreciate the pragmatism, PavewayIII. Problem is, the scale of these accidents now exceed the means to put things right. Loosing a hemisphere benefits no one. That said, I simply love your steely insights…


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Have to wonder if critical infrastructure will be damaged by these multiple accidents, causing loss of delivery of energy to the U.S. at large.

      It does not bode well to see so many accidents in the energy sector in such a short time. How many now, in the past 10-14 days? 10 or more? Multiple oil spills, ruptured pipelines, plant explosions, barge explosions, and so on.


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  • wideawake wideawake

    hmm..all links mention nearby cruise ship/s.. what about this ship…is it still there? http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130414/DEFREG02/304140004/Newest-LCS-Suffers-Fire-Sea-Damage-8216-Minor-8217- from April 14th.. "Fire broke out aboard the littoral combat ship Coronado late Friday morning while the vessel was on its second day of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Navy official confirmed Saturday.

    No one was injured in the accident, and early indications are that the damage was minor, the official said.

    The incident happened as the ship was conducting a full-power demonstration and running at high speed. Insulation on the starboard diesel exhaust first smoldered, then ignited but, according to the official, the flames were “extinguished immediately.”

    Shortly after, the lagging on the port diesel exhaust repeated the sequence and again, the flames were immediately put out.

    Running on its gas turbines, the Coronado returned to the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., late Friday night to begin the incident assessment by representatives from the Navy, Austal USA, diesel builder MTU and others".


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Next to Houston, Mobile is the second largest US oil refinery center. It is the most prone area to industrial accidents in the western hemisphere.


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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Someone posted this video on another thread:

    Explosion On Alabama Fuel Barge.Caught on camera
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByxErusIP7A


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  • ftlt

    And they want to mine the polar regions, the deepest oceans and space – It safe!!!!…

    Scarlett O'Hare had it wrong… Tomorrow will not be another day.. Because, there probably will not be one at the rate we're going…


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  • many moons

    This is from the latest CNN report:

    At least seven explosions rocked the barges, according to the Coast Guard.

    At the Fort Conde Inn across the river they sounded like "planes above you dropping bombs," general manager Alan Waugh told WALA Wednesday.


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  • markww markww

    Story was employees cleaning the barges then they blew,one report said filling. This is common the barges were at the refinery terminal.LPG. 3 workers hurt, the FD let the barges burn out since they popped the relief valves. Also weather could be a factor cold and static spark. They will investigate the cause. THE HOUSTON ship channel does this and use SAFETY AND CAUTION. We will hear what happened in a couple of days.

    Markww


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    Vital infrastucture in a civilized country.

    You will get what you've had paid for.

    h.


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  • markww markww

    final report sparks from cleaning the barge caused the fire

    Mrkww


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  • DannieJ DannieJ

    Too many explosions and incidents of crazy gunmen lately.

    I'm starting to think you guys are under attack. Maybe the war has finally come home.


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  • irhologram

    Also, Markww, why was there another explosion THUrSDAY?


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