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Massive blaze near Port of Tampa: Explosive materials in vicinity — “Witness saw fireworks before blaze… After the fireworks ended, the fire began” (VIDEO)

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 12:01 pm ET
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Source: Tampa Tribune

WFTS, Updated at 10:28a ET: The Hillsborough Country Fire Rescue is fighting to gain control of a massive two-alarm fire at a metal recycling industrial complex [...] Firefighters say there is currently no immediate danger to the public, however, there is fuel present and they are monitoring two large diesel tanks that firefighters are trying to protect from the flames. Earlier reports said the tanks were filled with anhydrous ammonia, but officials say the substance is actually calcium nitrate, a less reactive chemical. [...] Explosion-like noises have already been heard and crews are working to keep the fire from explosive materials in the vicinity.

Tampa Tribune, 11:15a ET: Witness saw fireworks before blaze at plant near Port of Tampa [...] One witness said he saw what he believed to be fireworks going off near the recycling yard just prior to the flames erupting. Chris McDonnell, a dispatcher with Dillon Transport, a trucking company across the street, about 500 feet, from OneSteel, said he reported to work at 3:15 a.m. and noticed fireworks just after that. “It looked like the Fourth of July,” he said. “It was like a grand finale of fireworks. After the fireworks ended, the fire began.” [...]

The following report was filed in the “CRIME” section:

Bay News 9, 11:41a ET: Smoke still pouring from Tampa metal recycling plant fire [...] After the fire was brought under control at about 7 a.m., a huge plume of smoke continued to pour from the smoldering large pile of steel that had been burning most of the morning. The smoke was spotted as far away as Manatee and Pinellas counties and in Plant City. [...]

Watch more video of the blaze here

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 12:01 pm ET
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10 comments to Massive blaze near Port of Tampa: Explosive materials in vicinity — “Witness saw fireworks before blaze… After the fireworks ended, the fire began” (VIDEO)

  • Proton

    Somebody better secure Johnnie Cochran's ghost, Jeff Fieger and Erin Brokovich before the industrial cohorts snag them…

    I hate seeing this type of incident…
    Nature's revenge in 5, 4, 3…


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Look at the cars and trucks around the burning rubble that were destroyed in the explosion. wow – hope nobody was in them.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    I vote this one for the top over-sensationalized ENENEWS tabloid headline.

    What does an Australian scrap-mental dealer's fire have to do with energy, aside from the obviously exothermic aluminum/iron oxide reaction taking place here?


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    • Jay

      The relation is strong since it shows all that Toxic release in the air , toxicity that will be a fallout somewhere maybe on your food which will make the Relation even Stronger , PaveAway …


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    • FBODavis

      Does this guy realize the Port of Tampa is a major petroleum products terminal?


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      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Yes. Why? Were they going to transport the burning metal to an LPG storage facility somewhere else in the port? Any fire in Tampa could *potentially* spread and torch all the oil terminals there. This one doesn't look like the one to do that.

        Zoom out on the Google map here: http://goo.gl/maps/lmfmb

        This two-alarm scrap metal fire is probably not going to be an end-of-life event. Dangerous and toxic, hard to fight – yes – just like the other hundreds of other industrial fires that occur all over the U.S.

        Exceptionally dangerous and toxic? No. A simple Google search will show that. It has a huge (probably stinky) plume running across the bay in a major city. Tampa Bay residents can see it, but I don't think there's too much hand-wringing about an impending petroleum-fueled inferno from any oil or gas terminals there.


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        • FREEDOMROX

          PavewayIII, I need your help, please. Do you remember which thread contained the Gulf South FERC filing, and the pdf that showed Gulf South was using their old cavern for waste, and also spoke of Texas Brine dumping the Norm into three caverns in 1994? It was like 88 pages long.

          My computer crashed and now looking for those docs again. Been searching on here, but can't find the thread. Or maybe you have a bookmark to it, anything?

          I would reallt appreciate it, sir.


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