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Smoke from Buncefield

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This was taken from the top floor of my home, looking out at the sky as the sun was setting.

I live approximately five miles from the Buncefield Oil Depot - the size of the smoke plume is staggering and difficult to comprehend.

EDIT As stephmog pointed out below, I have some higher resolution photos are at
11th Dec 2005, 15:49   | tags:,

critical g says:


11th Dec 2005, 15:56

Rich says:

Bonkers, is this coming from the exploded oil refineries?

11th Dec 2005, 16:02

critical g says:

definitely. i can see it from my flat and i'm in south-east london

11th Dec 2005, 16:04

chris says:

what an amazing picture.

11th Dec 2005, 16:05

Rich says:

phuckinell... I just saw the other pictures - that's a big old bang! Wear a gasmask, I'd say.

11th Dec 2005, 16:08

spongevid says:

that feels really eerie like something from a movie!

11th Dec 2005, 16:08

critical g says:

the largest explosion in peace time europe. ever. nuts!

11th Dec 2005, 16:09

Rich says:

Another British first! Go team UK!

11th Dec 2005, 16:12

critical g says:

on the news the police are explaining thats there is absolutely no need at all to start panic buying fuel because there is ample supply and panic buying itself causes its own problems. so what is the scene at buy local petrol station? yep, you guessed correctly.

11th Dec 2005, 16:15

stephmog says:

He's just stuck more shots on his livejournal:

11th Dec 2005, 16:33

spoon_lamp says:


11th Dec 2005, 19:35

Rich says:

Martwine's girlfriend just showed up, she's just driven back from St Ives and had to stop three times to wipe black gunk off her headlights...

11th Dec 2005, 20:11

chris says:

"wipe black gunk off her headlights"

Is that a euphemism?

11th Dec 2005, 21:33

Rich says:

I really dread to think of what it could be a euphamism for...

Best not think about it.

11th Dec 2005, 21:51

slinka says:


11th Dec 2005, 22:12

Dhamaka says:

Great shot. Scary stuff. I think that's why the sky went dark in my part of London.
I'm with Hotdog on this one

12th Dec 2005, 00:22

Helen says:

Amazing picture.

12th Dec 2005, 08:22

Tom says:

I live in watford but my work is half a mile from buncefield. Taking day off. Well, never gonna have a better excuse...!!!

12th Dec 2005, 09:28

Mr Bmal says:

beautiful colours, but what a drastic context to get the colours from.

12th Dec 2005, 14:01

DocD says:

Looking forward to the black rain...

12th Dec 2005, 22:21

Rich says:

Newsnight says benzene rain! Maybe. That'll be a laugh.

12th Dec 2005, 22:36

Steve says:

Really great shot

12th Dec 2005, 22:39

anonymous says:

beautiful even though it comes from badness..

17th Dec 2005, 00:56

shoes says:

oops that was me

17th Dec 2005, 00:57

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