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Old 12-11-2005, 06:05 PM   #1
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We're burning...

4 miles down the road from where I currently live... SIXTY MILLION GALLONS of fuel, merrily burning away. Smoke several thousand feet high. This morning, we were told that the fires would go on for about 3 days - and that was just an estimate.

The noise of the explosion woke all 5 members of our household at 6am. Our cat went insane and still won't come out of hiding. The windows were rattling, the house shook like mad - I thought it was an earthquake. 2000 people have been evacuated so far. It looked like nuclear winter when I ventured out this morning, then it cleared up for a bit, and now it STINKS. There is soot everywhere.

I have a job interview in Hemel on Tuesday. I think it may be cancelled, you know.

Pics from the BBC: I'm sure as hell not going to try and venture out that way!
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:09 PM   #2
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You live near there? Holy shit. I used to have relations in Mill Hill so when I went to see them I would fly in via Luton airport, typically.
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
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Yep - I live near St Albans. It's kind of scary at the moment, really.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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Yes I have been in St. Albans also. Nice little village.
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i have been watching this

on the telly


(I have a British TV in my back room)
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:15 PM   #6
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Some parts of St Albans are really nice. I lived down the road in Welwyn Garden for a few years, and I have to say, it is the most boring place on earth.

Anyway. We're bloody lucky, quite frankly, that we only have 42 casuallties so far down here in Herts. Thank God it was a Sunday morning... the carnage of a weekday doesn't bear thinking about.

I've tried to avoid the TV today.
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:19 PM   #7
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Sit tight anyway.
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I heard about this on the news. Apparently, the blast was felt over 25 miles away.

Hope the smoke clears soon.
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i used to live not far off in bedford...been through st albans many a time
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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".

People in the Netherlands and France are saying they heard it, and there are loads of reports from people whowere 100 miles away, and reckon they felt it. Crazy!

The cat has just emerged from behing the freezer, poor thing!

Bad taste comment - it is still bloody freezing here, though! (You either laugh or you cry, I think - I've done both.)
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Stay safe!! I saw that when I turned on the news this morning.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:37 AM   #12
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TThanks all.

Half the fires are out now, apparently - the Fire Brigade managed to start battling them this morning. Can't say I envy them.

It still looks like something out of War of the Worlds. The smoke's coming down now and heading south and west.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4520430.stm

Now, this guy lives in the thick of it. I thank God we're a few miles away. Poor people of Hemel. From the page: "We live about a quarter of a mile from Buncefield. We have lost two big windows blown from the house. 1 is lying on the grass outside, the whole front wall is damaged. Porch is blown out, front door blown in. we have been evacuated and refused permission to go back to the house. our house is open to the elements and anyone else and we do not know when we will be able to return. The insurance company are insisting on a structural survey before we return. Why does the news keep playing down the damage to residential property?"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4520672.stm
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I am so surprised that no one was killed. Imagine if that had happened on a weekday......
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Exactly. Scary stuff. London, anyone?
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I live about 15 miles away, the explosion woke me up, and the blast smashed a neighbours window.

I was talking to a tanker driver who was walking across the carpark at the depot when his tanker blew up behind him.
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