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Old 12-12-2005, 08:33 AM   #16
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It's bizarre... the Fire Brigade released a statement a while back, stating that they can't tackle it until they know for a fact that they have enough foam. What on earth?! It's supposed to be "the biggest fire in peacetime Europe".
They couldnt start using the foam until the Environment agency gave them the all clear that it wouldn't get into groundwater supplies.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:03 AM   #17
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They couldnt start using the foam until the Environment agency gave them the all clear that it wouldn't get into groundwater supplies.
I realise that... I didn't express myself too well there. It was more an 'what on earth' based on shock. I wouldn't moan about the Fire Brigade - they do an amazing job. As do all the emergency services; full of good and brave people.

Interesting that there were reports of hearing this explosion from Folkestone and Canterbury timed 06:09/06:10. The wind direction is right (NW) and the time delay of around 8 minutes is also right for the 100 mile distance.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:16 AM   #18
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It was quite incredible - my house backs onto a train line and I thought it was a train crash.

Apparantly because there was a lot of low cloud, it stopped the shock wave disipating into the atmosphere.
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A ton of very dark cloud has appeared out of nowhere over the last half an hour, on one side of the sky - the view from the back is blue skies, the front is black. I know we're only a few miles away, but the smoke is supposedly blowing in the opposite direction. I hadn't even considered the mess if it starts raining.

My housemate works as a courier. The Hemel Hempstead depot is - well, was - in the same industrial area as the refinery.The Hemel drivers STILL have to work, and are 40 of them all going to be using our local depot. As we have another 35 locally, I don't expect to see my housemate until late evening at the earliest. He's been working since 5 am!

What both amuses AND scares me is that our region's official website didn't post anything about it until late this morning. Now that is just odd.

I would love to know why we're being told that the smoke isn't a real health risk. As someone who ran a regional BP training centre for a couple of years, I'm amazed to hear such nonsense.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:04 AM   #20
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Be careful. They are saying people should stay in their house.

The fire keeps burning, and if it is going to rain in the next hours, there´s going to be an environmental disaster with all the smoke and gas and chemicals in the air.
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stay safe all affected Interferencers in that part of the UK.
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Dreadful. Stay safe!
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Anyone else in the forum from this area? I hope everyone is ok.
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Old 12-12-2005, 05:58 PM   #24
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Stay safe sally, the images of the black smoke is like something from the Matritx where man blackens the sky. Just horrible.
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Where on earth have the Herts/Essex people from this forum gone? I've got to know a few Interferencers over the past year, some live very near me... I'm hoping they'll show up here sooner or later. I suspect everyone's just busy as hell and trying to sort stuff out, but I can't help worrying. Here's a for those who need it.

Thanks for the kind wishes. I'm just damn lucky that we are 5 miles away and not stuck in the middle of all this.

This might sound silly, but I bawled like a baby while reading about someone's pet dog who had gone deaf from the noise, and wouldn't eat, drink or sleep. The dog's owner couldn't get through to a vet, so is naturally getting very upset as their pet is catatonic.

It's all horrible.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:26 PM   #26
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Out at last! Yay! The main tanks are out now... a few fires still burning, and reignition now and then, but the fire brigade are keeping a watchful eye. I hope everyone here is ok! TThanks again to those who've been so considerate and kind to us lot here.
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Good to hear things are calming down. Have you been able to leave your house?
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:35 PM   #28
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Yes, thanks. It's good to be back in the land of the living! We were lucky in that we didn't get evacuated. It's a bit of a mess out there, to say the least!
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I'm glad things are a bit better sally
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