Chemical tanker explosion sends fireball roaring into sky (warning: graphic video and images)
Story by:@ FreightWaves
A massive explosion aboard a chemical tanker blew a fireball and mushroom cloud into the sky over the weekend at the Port of Ulsan, South Korea. According to Wilson.
Local reports indicate that about 18 people were injured primarily from burns and smoke inhalation. One ship has likely been rendered inoperable and another has sustained heavy damage.
An explosion in one of the cargo tanks of the Stolt Groenland (IMO 9414072) took place at the Port of Ulsan, about 197 miles south east of the South Korean capital, Seoul, at 11:00 local time on Saturday, September 28. The ship subsequently caught fire and burned for another 18 hours until about 05:30 a.m. the following day.
The ship was moored at the Yeompo Quay on the Dong-gu (east side) of the Taehwa River next to the Ulsan Bridge. Amateur video recorded by motorists shows how the fireball exploded into the air.
This amateur video, recorded by an unknown motorist, shows the fireball erupting into the sky from the Stolt Groenland which is underneath the bridge. Watch the right side of the bridge tower in the upper left of the video.
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Source and credits: freightwaves.com // iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski