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(Updated) BREAKING NEWS: Massive Series of Explosions rock Southern England
Sky News UK ^ | December 11, 2005

Posted on 12/10/2005 10:42:38 PM PST by Big Bad Bob

Edited on 12/10/2005 11:05:40 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Reports of up to Four Explosions at a fuel depot Near Hemel Hempstead, North West of London, according to Sky

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Update:

Explosion Near London


The first picture, taken by a Sky News viewer

Map of the area

Updated: 06:41, Sunday December 11, 2005

There has been a large explosion followed by two smaller blasts in the St Albans area, around 25 miles north of London.

Sky Correspondent Sky Meade has said he can see flames about 200ft in the sky and there appears to be burning fuel.

Speaking by telephone from his home, Meade described "burning tongues" of flames in the sky.

The first blast happened at 6.03am - the other explosions followed about 20 minutes later.

Meade, a seasoned war reporter said he can see what looks like "burning aviation fuel".

"This fire is extremely intense. It is a bright orange glow on the horizon," he said.

Witnesses have told Sky News they heard the blast near Junction 8 of the M1. It is thought to be centred around Bunsfield fuel depot, near Hemel Hempstead.

The blast was felt at Sky Centre - more than 20 miles away in west London.

It was so powerful it blew out the windows at a hotel in Hemel Hempstead. There are reports of injuries there.

And one witness has told how the explosion shook his mother's house and lifted the roof.

Witnesses have told Sky News that emergency services are converging on the area.

Sky News producer Anwar Tambe heard the blast from his home in Luton and is currently stuck in traffic on the M1.

He said blasts are "going off regularly" and debris has blown onto the motorway.

More follows...



TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: england; explosion; explosions; terroristattack; uk
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1 posted on 12/10/2005 10:42:39 PM PST by Big Bad Bob
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To: Big Bad Bob

mark for news watching


2 posted on 12/10/2005 10:43:36 PM PST by eyespysomething (http://members.cox.net/transam57/lights.wmv)
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To: Big Bad Bob

Uh-OH!

Keep us posted!


3 posted on 12/10/2005 10:43:45 PM PST by jacquej
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To: Big Bad Bob

First thought is ROP but I have no information.


4 posted on 12/10/2005 10:43:59 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Big Bad Bob; snugs

Prayers for our brothers and sisters across the pond


5 posted on 12/10/2005 10:44:02 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Big Bad Bob
Is the fuel depot near a populated area? What kind of Fuel?
6 posted on 12/10/2005 10:44:20 PM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: Big Bad Bob

I hope it's an accident and not terrorists.


Terror threat to 'crowded areas' (Nationwide Warning in UK)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1538138/posts

SCOTLAND YARD has issued a nationwide alert that Islamist terrorist cells may be plotting a Christmas bombing campaign. The warning was distributed to police chiefs nine days ago by the Yard’s anti-terrorist branch. It follows a series of operations by police and MI5 aimed at disrupting possible attacks by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda.


7 posted on 12/10/2005 10:44:37 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Big Bad Bob

Oooooh boy. And here I was - getting ready for bed.


8 posted on 12/10/2005 10:44:46 PM PST by Humidston (Sweet dreams, TC. Save me a seat, ok?)
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To: everyone

This from the BBC

A series of large explosions have taken place near Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire.
The blast is thought to have happened at about 0600 GMT, in the vicinity of the Bunsfield Oil depot, close to the junction 8 of the M1 motorway.

Residents in the area, which is 10 miles from Luton Airport, reported hearing a "loud boom".


9 posted on 12/10/2005 10:45:00 PM PST by Big Bad Bob (In Times Of Thought, Let Us Never Forget.)
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To: section9

Rethinking my post to you on the other thread.


10 posted on 12/10/2005 10:45:04 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Big Bad Bob

According to Zawahiri, bin Laden said to do this just last week.


11 posted on 12/10/2005 10:45:08 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Big Bad Bob

I was just about to go to bed...now I have to make sure all is well across the pond before I go to bed. Sleep can wait.

Hope all is well.


12 posted on 12/10/2005 10:46:22 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights (GOP, The Other France)
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To: msnimje

Well, flames are near the M1, there is plumes of thick black smoke, flames are extremely high according to eyewitnesses, damage is over a vast area, with broken windows at the Ramada Hotel, Nr Hemel Hempstead.


13 posted on 12/10/2005 10:46:33 PM PST by Big Bad Bob (In Times Of Thought, Let Us Never Forget.)
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To: Big Bad Bob

Be on the lookout for White Christian males, or it could be an isolated incident! < /sarc >


14 posted on 12/10/2005 10:46:54 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: everyone

I was awoken by my mum telling me about this. People are reporting that they heard this in West London and as far as Maidenhead, Surrey, which is at least 40 miles away.


15 posted on 12/10/2005 10:48:01 PM PST by Big Bad Bob (In Times Of Thought, Let Us Never Forget.)
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To: Humidston
LOL, I know what you mean... I make the poor decision to refresh the browser while on FR and Breaking News happens and my plans for a good nights sleep go out the window :-)
16 posted on 12/10/2005 10:48:55 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Big Bad Bob; Admin Moderator

AM, Please post direct link to article, there is one now:


Explosion Near London

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1205711,00.html

There has been a large explosion followed by two smaller blasts in the St. Albans area, 25 miles north of London.


17 posted on 12/10/2005 10:49:25 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Sir Gawain

This is a very fast moving story, and there is rumours, just rumours that a plane went down. Now, these are just reports from eyewitnesses


18 posted on 12/10/2005 10:49:27 PM PST by Big Bad Bob (In Times Of Thought, Let Us Never Forget.)
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To: All

LONDON (Reuters) - A large explosion was reported north of London by witnesses ringing into British media early on Sunday.

One, identified only as Heather, said she had hear a loud blast near the commuter town of Hemel Hempstead and could see sheets of flame soaring into the sky.

"There is a fuel depot nearby," she told BBC Television. "There are lots of houses damaged."

Police were not immediately available for comment but another eye witness also said he thought there had been an explosion at the fuel depot although Luton airport is relatively nearby.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-12-11T063632Z_01_FOR123780_RTRUKOC_0_UK-BRITAIN-EXPLOSION.xml


19 posted on 12/10/2005 10:49:29 PM PST by blogblogginaway (..)
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To: Sir Gawain
Be on the lookout for White Christian males, or it could be an isolated incident!

Yup. My first thought, too.

The Militant Wing of the Salvation Army, again! The blaggards...

20 posted on 12/10/2005 10:49:59 PM PST by papertyger
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To: Humidston

I guess I may have to stay up for awhile.


21 posted on 12/10/2005 10:50:02 PM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: Big Bad Bob

TROP


22 posted on 12/10/2005 10:50:37 PM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: MJY1288

LOL! That one last "refresh" will get us every time. I should know by now.


23 posted on 12/10/2005 10:50:46 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights (GOP, The Other France)
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To: All

24 posted on 12/10/2005 10:51:02 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: papertyger

It's those wild-eyed Amish bombers again....what a gang of maniacs.


25 posted on 12/10/2005 10:51:49 PM PST by carl in alaska (Blog blog bloggin' on heaven's door.....Kerry's speeches are just one big snore.)
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To: papertyger

I'm pretty sure it's those murderous Lutherans.


26 posted on 12/10/2005 10:51:52 PM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: Big Bad Bob

You guys have sure had your share of bombings. I read quite a bit about Bishopsgate in the early '90s. It did incredible damage.


27 posted on 12/10/2005 10:52:16 PM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: papertyger

Utes or Yoots?


28 posted on 12/10/2005 10:52:46 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: LibWhacker

That tape was from September I thought. Al-Jazeera admitted it was mistakenly identified as a new tape (I believe).

I wouldn't be surprised if it was connected though


29 posted on 12/10/2005 10:52:47 PM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
:-), That last refresh has cost me at least 5 years of my life..

The Free Republic Curse :-)

30 posted on 12/10/2005 10:53:08 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Big Bad Bob


I can't find ANY TV news on this!


31 posted on 12/10/2005 10:53:17 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Recovering Hermit

What is TROP?


32 posted on 12/10/2005 10:53:37 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Big Bad Bob

Well, a downed airplane would sure make a larger impact than a couple of RPGs.

Wait and see though. Any refineries in this area, or just the storage tanks themselves?


33 posted on 12/10/2005 10:53:48 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: papertyger

The Salvation Army, the Presbyterians, the Lutherans.

No one ever mentions the Methodists - another part of our insidious plan.


34 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:08 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: onyx

Me either. Frustrating, I have got to get satellite!


35 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:08 PM PST by eyespysomething (http://members.cox.net/transam57/lights.wmv)
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To: Recovering Hermit

If it is an act of terrorism, then it is not white Christians or Amish that are behind it. Geez, sometimes I wonder about you guys.


36 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:10 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: onyx

I just sent the Sky News URL to Fox.


37 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("If there were a Special Olympics of politics, Howard Dean would have a chest full of medals.")
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To: Recovering Hermit

Almost simultaneous suspicion of the Amish & Lutherans. We were three seconds apart...LOL. That's really amusing...lol.


38 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:26 PM PST by carl in alaska (Blog blog bloggin' on heaven's door.....Kerry's speeches are just one big snore.)
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To: blogblogginaway

What exactly do they mean by "fuel depot"? Is this a British term for a gas station, a propane storage/distribution station, or is this one of the places with the very large storage cylinders, like a Unocal oil storage field?


39 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:30 PM PST by DrGunsforHands
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To: Big Bad Bob

Prayers !


40 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:36 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: onyx

No surprise there -- it's the weekend.


41 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:43 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: Recovering Hermit

No, no, no! You're both wrong, everyone knows its the Baptists. They were probably baking a casserole for someone and their oven had a malfunction.

All kidding aside, my prayers go out to those affected by the blasts.


42 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:47 PM PST by Sally'sConcerns (Native Texan, now in SW Ok..)
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To: eyespysomething



I have a damn satallite and still cannot find even one channel covering this!


43 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:51 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: BJungNan

They're being sarcastic.


44 posted on 12/10/2005 10:54:54 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("If there were a Special Olympics of politics, Howard Dean would have a chest full of medals.")
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To: VeniVidiVici

Just a fuel depot, reports of structual damage near the actual depot.


45 posted on 12/10/2005 10:55:29 PM PST by Big Bad Bob (In Times Of Thought, Let Us Never Forget.)
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To: backhoe; JohnathanRGalt; All

ON THE NET...

The following news brief is an exact quote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4517962.stm
Last Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005, 06:47 GMT

E-mail this to a friend Printable version
Large explosions near fuel depot

A series of large explosions have taken place near Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire.
The first blast is thought to have happened at about 0600 GMT, near the Bunsfield oil depot, close to the junction 8 of the M1 motorway.

Residents in the area, which is 10 miles from Luton Airport, reported hearing a "loud boom" and flames followed by a smaller explosions.

One eye witness told BBC News: "There are lots of houses damaged."


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ON THE NET...

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=Britain&btnG=Search+News

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=explosions&btnG=Search+News

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=explosion&btnG=Search+News

http://www.bbcnews.com
http://www.thisislondon.com

http://www.foxnews.com
http://www.cnn.com


46 posted on 12/10/2005 10:55:36 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Slings and Arrows


GOOD!
Have you found ANY televised coverage?


47 posted on 12/10/2005 10:55:48 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: onyx
I can't find ANY TV news on this!

That is par for the course. FR is always hours, if not days ahead of the TV and other regular news outlets.

48 posted on 12/10/2005 10:55:49 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: onyx

Hmmm, now rethinking satellite!

No BBC or Sky News coverage?


49 posted on 12/10/2005 10:55:51 PM PST by eyespysomething (http://members.cox.net/transam57/lights.wmv)
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To: Big Bad Bob

BTTT


50 posted on 12/10/2005 10:56:10 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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