international magazine
12 / 2005


Buncefield depot rocked by huge explosion



Three blasts that echoed around one of the largest UK oil depots Buncefield (Hertfordshire, 20 miles north of London), within half-hour from each other in early hours of 11 December were heard within 70 miles from the site. The flames engulfed 20 fuel tanks, total capacity 270,000 m3 eyewitnesses say the flames reached 80 metres height. The resulting fire was the largest in Europe after the WWII.