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Dubai Explosion: Fire in a container on a ship docked at Jebel Ali Port successfully extinguished

A fire was caused by an explosion within a container on a ship docked at the port, while no casualities were reported.

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A huge fire that has erupted after a power full blast at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port was successfully extinguished.

An explosion shook the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates on late Wednesday night in a container ship anchored at one of the world’s largest ports in Dubai, the authorities said.

The Dubai government in a statement issued early Thursday said that the emergency services had brought the blaze under control.

Authorities also shared the footage of firefighters dousing giant shipping containers on social media.

 

“A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze,” Dubai Media Office said in a tweet on their official account.

Dubai Media Office (DMO) Director-General Mona Al Marri told Al Arabiya television, the blaze in the Middle East’s largest transshipment hub was caused by a container holding flammable material, describing it as a “normal accident”.

 There were no casualties and said port authorities had taken measures to ensure normal shipping was not disrupted, DMO said.

Meanwhile, according to the Dubai Police, the blast might have been caused by “friction or high temperatures” during hot summer weather, Al Arabiya reported.

Many took to social media reacting to the last night’s powerful blast in the city as details were not known immediately.

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.