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BREAKING NEWS - MASSIVE EXPLOSION AND FIRE - NJ [Actually, Staten Island NY: AM]
ME | 2/21/03 | SELF

Posted on 02/21/2003 7:20:52 AM PST by LonePalm

I just turned and looked out my office window and saw a column of black smoke rising towards Union Beach/Perth Amboy NJ.

I then felt the force of an explosion rattle my window.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: michaeldobbs; refineryfire
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1 posted on 02/21/2003 7:20:52 AM PST by LonePalm
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To: LonePalm
How far are you from Newark?
2 posted on 02/21/2003 7:22:21 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: LonePalm
Aren't there quite a few chemical industry sites in that area? Doesn't sound good.
3 posted on 02/21/2003 7:22:59 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: LonePalm
I am Middletown, NJ

It is the Hess facility off the turnpike according to NJ 101.5

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

4 posted on 02/21/2003 7:24:01 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm
One's got to wonder what in the hell is up with all these fires & terrible things happening here in the states, i'm not a tinfoil hat freak but it makes you think.
5 posted on 02/21/2003 7:24:02 AM PST by HELLRAISER II
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To: AppyPappy
"...How far are you from Newark?..."
Nobody is too far away from Newark.
6 posted on 02/21/2003 7:24:28 AM PST by Hanging Chad (not to be confused with "Hanging Ten" or "Hanging Wallpaper"...)
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To: LonePalm
Hess is an oil company, right?

Nice town. I spent a weekend there once. Didn't a mafia don live there?

7 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:04 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: Hanging Chad
Try walking from Cape May
8 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:25 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: LonePalm
That's down the road a bit from Ft. Lee - anything out of CNBC/MSNBC?
9 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:26 AM PST by mhking ("The word is no. I am therefore going anyway..." --Admiral J.T. Kirk)
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To: HELLRAISER II
One's got to wonder what in the hell is up with all these fires & terrible things happening here in the states, i'm not a tinfoil hat freak but it makes you think.

Four fire incidents in a week can reasonably considered malevolent action.

10 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:39 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Take charge of your destiny, or someone else will)
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To: LonePalm
Port Reading?
11 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:40 AM PST by P.O.E. (Liberate Iraq!)
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To: LonePalm
Who blew up the Hess facility?
12 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:45 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: LonePalm
They are now reporting Woodbridge.

It is trending like the TWC.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

13 posted on 02/21/2003 7:25:57 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm
Husband works in Iselin, he can see a huge fire from his office window.......thought it was in Woodbridge but has no facts yet......10:25 a.m.
14 posted on 02/21/2003 7:27:10 AM PST by OldFriend (Pray)
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To: Fred Mertz
Refineries tend to blow themselves up. I wouldn't assume an outside factor yet.
15 posted on 02/21/2003 7:27:27 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: LonePalm
Any networks pick this up yet? They really ought to be monitoring FR....
16 posted on 02/21/2003 7:27:28 AM PST by Snowy (There's no such thing as a "muslim Republican")
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To: LonePalm
Bloomberg on WABC radio now live says it appears to be a barge on fire and accidental.....Fox just put up live pics
17 posted on 02/21/2003 7:27:30 AM PST by alisasny
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To: LonePalm
Can't see anything from my window in downtown. But then again, my window faces east.
18 posted on 02/21/2003 7:27:36 AM PST by leadpencil1
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To: LonePalm
Refinery fire... Statton Island.. very big, very dirty fire.
19 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:00 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: OldFriend
Fox is reporting on this now
20 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:00 AM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: LonePalm
Fox news is finally reporting it!
21 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:03 AM PST by BushCountry
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To: LonePalm
It is trending like the TWC

Do you mean the WTC? TWC is the weather channel.
22 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:06 AM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: LonePalm
Wasnt there talk of the three Iraqi ships with WMD floating arund?
23 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:12 AM PST by ewing
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To: LonePalm; Jim Robinson
Just now on FOX NEWS!!

See other thread. This is a Free Republic Scoop!
24 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:27 AM PST by xzins (It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set you FREE)
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To: LonePalm
Is this the refinery on Staten Island? Fox News reporting on it now....
25 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:33 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow....)
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To: LonePalm
Its the Hess Refinery on Staten Island.
26 posted on 02/21/2003 7:28:36 AM PST by Solamente
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To: Dog Gone
Fire is at the refinery on Staten Island.
27 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:17 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: LonePalm
Just heard on WABC radio. Some unconfirmed reports a barge exploded next to refinery on Staten island.
28 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:17 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: LonePalm
WABC, NYC Mayor Blumberg, saying it may have been a fuel barge that was refueling. WABC reporter reporting explosion at or very near to PORT MOBIL refinery on Staten Island, NY. This has not been verified yet. New information coming in.
29 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:20 AM PST by XRdsRev
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To: CollegeRepublican
Yeh, yeh, I can't type. WTC!

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

30 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:38 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm
It's on Fox--and it's a HUGE fire.
31 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:40 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Solamente
I'll bet they're jittery in lower Manhattan right now.
32 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:45 AM PST by Huck
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To: shhrubbery!
Verazzano Bridge shut down.
33 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:07 AM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: shhrubbery!
Some unconfirmed reports a barge exploded next to refinery on Staten island.

Rethinking my comment about refineries blowing themselves up....

34 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:25 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: HELLRAISER II
One's got to wonder what in the hell is up with all these fires & terrible things happening here in the states, i'm not a tinfoil hat freak but it makes you think.

We are just a really big country that reports any tragedy as national news.

35 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:25 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HELLRAISER II
all these fires & terrible things happening here in the states...

In the case of the night club tragedies, it appears to be garden variety stupidity. I'm not aware of any unusual events recently.

36 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:32 AM PST by js1138
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To: shhrubbery!
Fox is reporting it's near the Outer Bridge.
37 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:45 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: shhrubbery!
WOW! At least 55 thousands gallons of gasoline.
38 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:45 AM PST by BushCountry
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To: leadpencil1
Go around to the other side of the building and look, sweetie.
I'll postpone my shower this time.
39 posted on 02/21/2003 7:30:47 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LonePalm
MSNBC says its a refinery fire.
40 posted on 02/21/2003 7:31:03 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: LonePalm
Mayor Bloomberg is on WABC radio right now, talking about it.

Taking the move along, nothing to see here line...

A bridge on Statan Island now shut down...

Positive note: It is not in a residential area...

41 posted on 02/21/2003 7:31:05 AM PST by BCrago66
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To: Huck
Looks like the war has resumed.
43 posted on 02/21/2003 7:31:34 AM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: LonePalm
live chopper shots from msnbc. huge smoke cloud. Bayonne, NY?
44 posted on 02/21/2003 7:31:36 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: XRdsRev
PORT MOBIL is near Kreishlerville, Staten Island, across the Arthur Kill from Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The Port Mobil refinery is in a sparsley populated area but shockwaves from the explosion may cause damage.
45 posted on 02/21/2003 7:32:14 AM PST by XRdsRev
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To: Catspaw
Looks like the fire is in the water
46 posted on 02/21/2003 7:32:49 AM PST by Mo1 (DC Chapter .. Patriots Rally for America IV .. on Saturday, March 1st)
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To: Lion's Cub
One event only. Appears to be in NJ, not Statan Island. Some sort of refuling barge. exploded.
47 posted on 02/21/2003 7:32:50 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: xzins
BUMP
48 posted on 02/21/2003 7:32:52 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Lion's Cub
Looks like the war has resumed.

If there's a large explosion in a Texas refinery today, I'll be convinced.

49 posted on 02/21/2003 7:33:33 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Take charge of your destiny, or someone else will)
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To: Rebelbase
STATEN ISLAND
50 posted on 02/21/2003 7:33:38 AM PST by OldFriend (Pray)
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