Massive blast at Dubai port, no casualties reported

Massive blast at Dubai port, no casualties reported

DUBAI: A huge explosion has rocked Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port just before the midnight on Wednesday, resulting in a large cloud of flame and causing a shock wave that rattled windows of buildings several kilometres away.

According to initial reports, there was, however, no loss of lives. The explosion took place on a small ship at Jebel Ali Port. Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said: “The fire in Jebel Ali Port broke out on board a small-sized container ship. No casualties were reported.”

Director General of Dubai Civil Defense, Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi told Dubai Media Office that the fire was brought fully under control some two and a half hours after the incident and the cooling process had started.

An official told a local TV channel that the crew had managed to evacuate in time before the fire caused one of the containers to explode. The nature of the material in the container is not known at the moment.

Indian expat Vishal Bathija, who lives relatively closer to Jebel Ali Port, was watching the England-Denmark match when the blast took place. “My TV room faces towards the port. The sound was very loud and it caused our windows to rumble,” said the 49-year-old from Mumbai. Another Indian expat, Madhuri Bhandari, said she could hear the blast nearly 35 km away inside Dubai Mall, despite a fairly crowded environment in the mall.

Jebel Ali is one of the biggest ports in the world on the northern end of the city.