Here are some details about the catastrophe of yesterday morning. Excerpts taken from website LeMonde.fr
"The biggest explosion of a fuel depot ever in peacetime in Europe caused a gigantic fire (...)"
»(..) everything suggests that it was an accident. The British media nevertheless recall that the number two of Al-Qaida, the Egyptian Ayman Al-Zawahri, had called in September to strike the oil installations. "The majority of whose income goes to the enemies of Islam", in a cassette broadcast by the Al-Jazeera channel, and which was circulating on the Internet in recent days. "
The fire chief (…) hoped that the fire could be contained during the day of Monday. (Hypothesis in our very optimistic given the direct flames this afternoon) (…) "
A curtain of gray smoke clouded the London skies on Sunday and caused darkness in the middle of a very sunny day. On Monday, this cloud was heading towards France. According to several experts, these “weakly toxic” fumes mainly comprise carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. They do not present an immediate danger to health, although asthmatics and people with chronic lung diseases have been advised to protect themselves.
Ecologically, the current dry climate makes a “black rain” phenomenon unlikely. The Environment Agency is especially concerned about the risks of pollution run by rivers in the event that fuel flows from the site. But it was deemed unlikely Sunday. "
Buncefield stores up to 150 tonnes of fuels and petroleum derivatives, or 000% of national needs. It is the fifth largest depot of the 5 existing in the country. (…) "