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Egypt Gas Blast
Summary: Explosion rocks Egypt gas terminal near Israel
Story No: 686032
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 04/27/2011 06:38 AM



1. Pull out to wide of ball of flame on horizon, coming from natural gas terminal near Egypt's border with Israel

2. Various of flames and smoke

3. Pull out of flames with people watching in foreground

4. Close-up of flames, pull out

5. Close-up of footprints and tyre tracks in sand, tilt up to men watching flames


An explosion rocked a natural gas terminal near Egypt's border with Israel on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air and forcing the shutdown of the country's export pipeline, said security officials.

It was the second incident in the past month on the al-Sabil terminal near the town of El-Arish just 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the border with Israel.

On March 27 gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, which failed to detonate.

The valves controlling the flow of gas from the main terminal in Port Said on the Mediterranean coast were shut down to stifle the flames, cutting gas exports to Israel, Jordan and Syria.

The fire continued to rage well past dawn.

Egyptian officials did not say if the explosion was due to sabotage or an accident.

Bedouin tribesmen in the area have attacked the pipeline in the past, including on February 5, when a different section was blown up, stopping exports to Israel and Jordan for a month.

They also attempted to sabotage the pipeline in July 2010.

Security forces often clash with the Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula, who complain of being neglected and oppressed by the central government.

Egypt exports gas to Israel, Jordan and Syria, though lately the deals have come under attack because of the low price at which the gas is sold.

On April 13, the prime minister ordered a review of the pricing deals.

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Locations: Al ‘Arīsh, Egypt
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Indonesia Fire 2
Summary: Large fire at fuel depot after explosion
Story No: 592845
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/18/2009 09:40 PM


1. Wide shot of fire at fuel depot

2. Pan left from fuel tank to fire

3. Close up flame

4. Wide of residents walking away with their belongings

5. Medium shot of police officers standing by

6. Medium shot of resident sitting in front of their house

7. SOUNDBITE: (Indonesian) Karsi, resident near the depot

"I was inside the house when I heard an explosion. I got out and saw very big fire."

8. Wide shot of fire engine

9. Medium of firefighters standing near their truck

10. Various of firefighters on top of house hosing down flame

11. Close up of flame and smoke

13. Wide of firefighters hosing down flame.


Firefighters battled a blaze at a major fuel storage depot in northern Jakarta Sunday that sent clouds of billowing black smoke into the sky.

No one was believed to have been hurt.

It was unclear what started the fire, but explosions were heard from the tank, said a worker at the Pertamina national oil company fuel depot.

Karsi, a resident who lives near the depot, also said he I heard an explosion when he was inside his house.

Indonesians often have a single name.

A Pertamina spokesman told local El Shinta radio the tank holds about 1.3 (m) million gallons of regular gasoline.

Scores of fire trucks, hundreds of firefighters and uniformed soldiers were at the scene.

Flames reaching more than 300 feet (100 meters) into the air could be seen from several miles (kilometres) away.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the blaze, but gave no details.

Residents were cleared from the area around the Plumpang depot, which distributes about 100,000 barrels of fuel to the city every day.

Residents from the crowded shanty town surrounding the depot were removing their belongings, fearing the fire could spread to other tanks and cause more explosions at the site.

Teams of firefighters perched on walls surrounding the depot to hose the flames, attempting to contain them and keep surrounding structures cool.

It was unclear if the fire would impact fuel supplies.

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Subjects: Explosions, Building explosions, Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia
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Albania Explosion
Summary: AP pix of explosion at army depot; kills at least 5, injures 243
Story No: 557849
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 03/16/2008 08:14 AM
People: Sali Berisha


1. Military truck driving off

2. Security person inspecting debris which looks like an exploded shell

3. Wide of street manned by security personnel

4. Wide of house damaged by flying debris from the site of explosion

5. Smoke rising from the ammunitions dump, more explosions can be seen, big explosion on the left of the screen destroys houses nearby

6. Zoom out to massive ball of fire and mushroom cloud rising in to the sky

7. More of black smoke rising and explosions

8. Injured person wheeled off on stretcher

9. Helicopter bringing in the injured

10. Man wailing and crying

11. Ambulance rushing past

12. SOUNDBITE (Albanian) Vox pop, injured man:

"I have lost everything, my family, my house, I'm devastated."

13. Injured man stepping out from an ambulance and lying down on a stretcher

14. Wide pan of damaged buildings

15. Various of people evacuating

16. Various of damage caused by explosion

17. Wide of street lined with military ambulances

18. Pan of ambulances with sirens blaring

19. Men carrying an injured woman past the camera

20. Zoom out from an exploded shell lying in the middle of a road

21. Drive by shot of military vehicles and ambulances parked on roadside

22. Wide of a hotel

23. Various of damaged windows and exterior

24. Man standing outside with a couple of police officers looking worried


Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said the death toll from Saturday's massive explosion at an army ammunition dump near Tirana is likely to rise.

The series of blasts killed at least five people and injured 243, including many children, authorities said.

"I have lost everything, my family, my house, I'm devastated," said one injured man.

Army and police forces resumed search-and-rescue operations early morning on Sunday.

AP Television footage showed huge explosions and balls of fire rising from the site, destroying buildings nearby.

Shrapnel and shell fragments rained down seriously damaging homes and vehicles.

Houses more than two kilometres (a mile) away were damaged by the blast.

The initial blast on Saturday at the depot at Gerdec village, about 10 kilometres (six miles) north of the capital, Tirana, set off a series of explosions, and ammunition continued to detonate into the night.

The blast was heard as far away as the Macedonian capital of Skopje, a distance of 190 kilometres (120 miles), and prompted a brief suspension of flights at Tirana's nearby international airport, which was slightly damaged.

Berisha said during a late-night news conference that the death toll stood at five, but that the number was likely to increase.

He added that 243 people had been registered as injured.

By Saturday night, 142 remained hospitalised, and 12 of them were in serious condition.

Health Minister Nard Ndoka said earlier that many of the injured were children.

Authorities evacuated 4,000 people from three villages and the surrounding area using armoured personnel carriers, Berisha said.

By the time the search and rescue operation was called off on Saturday night, rescue crews had managed to get within 10 metres (33 feet) of the blast site, he said, adding that the operation would resume early Sunday morning.

The destruction of ammunition at the dump was being carried out by an Albanian company that had been subcontracted by a US company, Southern Ammunition Company Inc. of Loris, South Carolina, Berisha said.

In the past year, about 6,000-7,000 tons of ammunition had been destroyed.


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Subjects: Building explosions, Accidents and disasters, Military facilities, Munitions manufacturing, Explosions, General news, Military and defense, Government and politics, Weapons manufacturing, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business
People: Sali Berisha
Locations: Gërdec, Tiranë, Albania
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US Plant Fire
Summary: Explosion and fire at chemical plant
Story No: 541695
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/30/2007 07:01 AM


1. Wide of plumes of smoke bellowing out of Barton Solvents chemical plant

2. Close-up of fire

3. Various of smoke bellowing into sky

4. Wide of emergency vehicles at scene

5. Police officer directing traffic

6. Wide of fire truck at site of fire

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) A.J. Mumm, Polk County Emergency Management Agency coordinator:

"We will maintain defensive mode. At this point again, everyone has been evacuated from the immediate site, including employees and the public in the immediate area. So, it is still too dangerous to put any responders into harm's way at this point so we will remain in defensive mode."

8. Helicopter in background, plumes of black smoke in foreground

9. Wide of smoke and helicopter in sky

10. Wide of scene


An explosion and fire on Monday at a chemical distribution facility northeast of Des Moines in Iowa sent plumes of thick smoke into the sky and burned out of control for several hours after it ignited.

Flames and clouds of black smoke soared above the Barton Solvents facility.

Fire departments throughout the Des Moines area responded to the fire, and the smoke thinned out by early evening.

The explosion occurred about 1:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) when a substance in a warehouse was being moved into a portable storage tank, said Barton Solvents' president, who added he didn't know what substance was being moved or how it ignited.

One worker suffered slight burns and was treated at the scene, and a firefighter was taken to a hospital with heat exhaustion, officials said.

A.J. Mumm, a coordinator for the Polk County Emergency Management Agency, said 55-gallon (250 litres) barrels and 300-gallon (1364 litres) tanks exploded and there were concerns about loaded rail cars and truck tanks on the site.

"We will maintain defensive mode. At this point again, everyone has been evacuated from the immediate site, including employees and the public in the immediate area. So, it is still too dangerous to put any responders into harm's way at this point so we will remain in defensive mode," Mumm told reporters.

Firefighters battled a second blaze at a nearby recycling centre that apparently started when a flaming barrel flew from the Barton plant and landed on a wood pile at the centre, said a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Officials were still assessing damage at the recycling centre and were not sure whether the blaze had been extinguished.

Police closed Interstates 80 and 235 near the fire for more than two hours before opening them around 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), after tests showed the air quality was acceptable, officials said. However, the Federal Aviation Administration advised pilots to avoid the area because of poor visibility.

Barton Solvents Incorporated is a wholesale distributor of industrial chemicals, oils and surfactants under the Barsol trade name.

The company's president said a variety of substances were stored at the site, including hydrocarbons and petroleum-based solvents.

Of particular concern was a rail car, which was filled with hexane, a flammable chemical.

An explosion at a Barton Solvents plant in Valley Centre, Kansas, in July prompted widespread evacuations in the community of about 6-thousand people north of Wichita.

Investigators have said it was caused by static electricity as workers filled a tank that contained a dry-cleaning product.

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Subjects: Occupational accidents, Industrial accidents, Chemical plant explosions, Industrial fires, Chemicals manufacturing, Explosions, Evacuations, Emergency management, Accidents and disasters, Accidents, General news, Chemical plant explosions, Fires, Materials industry, Industries, Business, Government and politics
Locations: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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(TT) US Nuclear
Summary: A guided tour of a nuclear test site in the Nevada desert
Story No: 539684
Source: AP TELEVISION, United States Department of Defence
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/15/2007 10:14 AM




LENGTH: 5:29



United States Department of Defence

1. Various of nuclear explosion at the Nevada test site

AP Television

Las Vegas, Nevada - 11 July, 2007

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roger Staley, former scientist at Nevada Test Site

"Dawn hadn't broken yet so it was dark and at zero time it was like maybe a hundred thousand flash bulbs had gone off simultaneously. Big flash, very temporary, matter of a fraction of a second and then you could see a fireball starting to build."


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3. Various of Nevada test site with people watching and test building being destroyed

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Mercury, Nevada -11 July, 2007

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bob Keller, former Department of Energy employee at Nevada Test Site.

"When you are sitting out there at roadblocks where we used to do them and you'd watch one of these things go up, sometimes when they didn't perform properly you can be a very nervous person or you can get very excited and if it's working properly you get real excited and then you have to calm down and do your job."


United States Department of Defence

5. Various of nuclear explosion

AP Television

Mercury, Nevada -11 July, 2007

6. Wide of Nevada Test Site

7. Close of "Caution, Radioactive Material" sign

8. Mid of bus with tourists

9. Mid of tourists walking near crater

10. Wide pan of Sedan crater with tourists on edge

11. Close of tourist looking into Sedan crater

12. Wide tilt down crater

13. Close of tour guide, Bob Keller, talking about Sedan crater

14. Wide of tour guide with tourists

15. Mid of tourists

16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Peter Herridge, tourist

"Especially I think the Sedan crater because that really shows the kind of power that a nuclear weapon can produce. It's hard, you could see where the airbursts were, but you don't really get the impression of just how much power is involved until you see something like this."

17. Wide of Nevada test site and warning sign

18. Wide of remains of equipment used for underground nuclear test

19. Close of buried cables

20. Wide of unused underground test site

21. Close of waste disposal sign

22. Wide of truck carrying low level nuclear waste

23. Close of nuclear waste

24. Wide of house used in atmospheric nuclear testing

25. Close of house used in atmospheric nuclear testing


United States Department of Defence

26. Various houses being destroyed in nuclear blast test

AP Television

Las Vegas, Nevada - 11 July 2007

27. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roger Staley, former scientist at Nevada Test Site

"I think sometimes the impression exists that we just took a atomic bomb out in the desert and dug a whole and put it in there and fired it. I don't think that the subject or the question was would it fire. I think the question was: 'what happened when it fired?' We had to get into diagnostics to find out, this was a whole brand new field in physics."

28. Mid of Atomic Testing Museum

29. Wide of film showing inside museum

30. Wide of people looking at exhibits

31. Close of book on nuclear testing

32. Wide shot of rows of Geiger counters

32. Close of meters

33. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bob Keller, former Department of Energy employee at Nevada Test Site

"I just don't believe we'd be where we are today. This nuclear deterrent has done it for us, and a lot of people don't understand that. But I believe, personally believe through all these years that nuclear deterrent has kept us from having to go fight wars with that atomic bomb."


United States Department of Defence

34. Various of nuclear explosion and troops at the Nevada test site

35. Still of spectators watching nuclear blast

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Mercury, Nevada -11 July, 2007

36. Wide of wooden benches that spectators used to watch atomic blasts

37. Pan of wooden benches

38. Wide of Nevada test site


Only in Las Vegas in the US, are you able to tour an actual nuclear test site.

Visitors are coming to the Nevada desert where mushroom clouds appeared on a regular basis during the 1950's.


Tourists in the Nevada can now take part in a very different kind of guided tour.

This unusual tour takes visitors to a disused nuclear testing site.

The site's life started in December 1950, when the then United States President Harry Truman moved the nuclear testing program from the pacific coast to the desert in Nevada.

Over the next four decades, ten thousand people worked on harnessing the atomic bomb.

The Nevada Test site conducted 100 above ground atmospheric nuclear tests until they were banned in July 1962.

Roger Staley is a scientist who worked at the Nevada testing ground.

He says seeing a nuclear explosion as like seeing thousands of lightbulbs go off at the same time, followed by a huge fireball.

An other former employee at the Nevada test site is Bob Keller.

He says watching the explosions was at times nerve wracking, especially when something went wrong.

These days the US Department of Energy is providing monthly tours.

One of the stops on the tour is the Sedan crater.

This huge crater was formed in 1962 when a 104 kiloton thermonuclear device was detonated 635 feet (193 metres) underground.

A kiloton measures the energy released by a nuclear weapon.

The atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945 was measured at 15 kiloton.

Underground tests were introduced after atmospheric blasts were banned, in an attempt to control the spread of radioactive material.

One of the people visiting the crater is Peter Herridge, a tourist.

He says the crater's dimension shows how powerful a nuclear explosion can be.

The explosion at the crater displaced about 12 million tons of earth producing the largest and most awe-inspiring crater at the test site.

Visitors are guided by retired employees who worked at the test site during it's cold war heyday.

The test site was kept busy conducting 828 underground tests until full scale nuclear testing came to a screeching halt in 1992, when the US entered into the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban with Russia and France.

Some of the remaining underground test sites were constructed but never used.

Today after the down seizing of the nuclear weapons complex, radioactive waste management sites still process the hazardous materials generated by years of testing.

The remains of a wooden two-story house stand silently in the desert.

The house was constructed as part of a 1955 atmospheric test of a 29 kiloton nuclear device eerily captured in slow motion film that shows cars and trees pounded by the blast.

The tests opened the door to a whole new scientific world.

Staley says the tests opened up a whole new field in the study physics.

The unique history of the test site is captured at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

The museum was created to preserve the story of the test site by the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation in association with the Smithsonian museum.

The museum combines original Department of Defence unclassified film of atomic testing and multimedia displays.

It also features iconic artifacts used at the site.

Former employees expressed a lot of "pride" in their work at test site.

Kelller, a former test site employee, says the US's nuclear deterrent has worked in preventing a nuclear conflict.

The test site has shrunk greatly in size and importance since it's inception but it's historical legacy in undeniable.

It's now a more environmentally conscious site which houses an Environmental Restoration Division.

It's responsible for contamination corrective actions, and a Ground Water Monitoring Program that monitors for radioactive contamination from the underground tests.


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Subjects: Nuclear weapons, Nuclear weapons manufacturing, Nuclear waste, Museums, Travel, Waste management, Hazardous waste, Weapons of mass destruction, General news, Weapons manufacturing, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Environment, Environment and nature, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Museums, Leisure travel, Government and politics
Organisations: U.S. Department of Energy, United States government
Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Iraq Explosion
Summary: Civilians injured in roadside explosion, blast caught on camera
Story No: 406912
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/16/2004 05:00 AM

A blast went off in Baghdad on Friday after US soldiers spotted a roadside bomb.

The explosion was caught on camera.

At least two children were injured - there were no US casualties.

The blast went off after US soldiers approached the device to inspect it.

Insurgents regularly put roadside bombs - otherwise known as Improvised Explosive Devices (I-E-D) - in visible places.

They wait for US soldiers to attempt to remove them and then detonate them.

Iraqi police cars and Red Crescent ambulances arrived on the scene - the injured children were sped off to hospital.

1. US soldiers onwatching IED (Improvised Explosive Device)

2. US soldier walking towards the device, next to tree

3. US soldiers inspecting explosive device - which explodes - zoom out as soldiers walk off, pan of scene

4. People gathered at scene

5. Tracking shot of injured child being carried from scene for medical assistance

6. Iraqis at the scene with US soldiers

7. Police car at scene

8. Long shot of US soldiers walking down the road

9. Police car driving off with locals

10. Red crescent ambulance arriving

11. People gathered on streets

12. Red crescent ambulance driving off

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Subjects: Improvised explosives, Accidents and disasters, War and unrest, General news
Locations: Baghdad, Baghdād, Iraq
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China Gas
Summary: STILLS from the scene of a gas leak - 200 feared dead
Story No: 405063
Source: APTN, CCTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/26/2003 04:58 AM
People: Hu Jintao


CCTV4 Stills

1. Wide shot of villlage and explosion

2. Firefighters approaching flames

3. Firefighters approaching explosion

4. Police and villagers

5. Gas tower

AP Stills

6. Children with burned faces

7. Dead chickens


Fumes pouring from a burst gas well in China's southwest killed at least 191 people, injured hundreds more and forced

31-thousand residents to flee, according to state media on Thursday.

The scale of the catastrophe was huge even by the standards of accident-plagued Chinese industry, where thousands of people are killed every year in coal mine explosions and other disasters.

The blowout occurred on Tuesday night at a gas field in Gaoqiao, a town in Kaixian county near the city of Chongqing, releasing a cloud of natural gas and hydrogen sulfide, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

At a makeshift hospital, 200 to 300 people were being treated for gas poisoning and chemical burns, the Web site of the state newspaper China Daily reported.

A hospital employee was quoted as saying other facilities received "large numbers" of patients.

According to Xinhua, some 31-thousand people living within five kilometres (three miles) of the well were evacuated on Tuesday night.

It said special teams were searching the area for other possible victims.

According to Xinhua, technicians were preparing to try to plug the well using cement and earth-moving equipment.

Earlier on Wednesday they ignited the gas spewing from the wellhead in an effort to burn it off and stop it from spreading, Xinhua said.

President Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders ordered local authorities to "go all out to rescue victims, prevent poisonous gas from spreading further and reduce casualty," the report said.

The disaster came amid sweeping government efforts to tighten industrial safety in China and reduce the carnage in a country with one of the world's highest rates of workplace deaths.

Despite the crackdown, the number of deaths in China's mines and factories jumped nearly 9 percent in the first nine months of this year to 11,449, according to the government.

Fatal accidents often are blamed on lack of required fire equipment and indifference to safety rules by managers.

The cause of the disaster at the Chuandongbei gas field near Chongqing wasn't clear.

The gas field, 337 kilometres (210 miles) northeast of Chongqing, is run by the Sichuan Petroleum Administration, part of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation.

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Subjects: War and Unrest, Personnel, Occupational accidents, Workplace safety, Fires, Business, Massacres, Accidents and Disasters, General News, Corporate news
People: Hu Jintao
Locations: China
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US Bomb Test
Summary: US Air Force tests massive bomb
Story No: 401922
Source: Department of Defense
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/22/2003 07:05 AM


1. Shot from below aircraft dropping bomb

2. Bomb falling through air

3. Ground shot of explosion

4. Wide ground shot of explosion


The US Air Force on Friday carried out a second test of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) a weapon that has been nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs".

The blast occurred at the Eglin airforce base in Florida early on Friday afternoon, Eglin spokesman Jake Swenson said.

However the base was awaiting instructions from the Pentagon before releasing more details.

The 21,000-pound (9,525 kilogram) bomb, which contains 18,000 pounds (8,160 kilograms) of explosives, was first tested on March 11, eight days before the United States invaded Iraq.

The spring blast shook windows miles away and sent up a huge mushroom cloud, although some people in nearby communities said it was no louder than some other weapons tested at Eglin.

Air Force officials said one role for the bomb is as a psychological weapon, but it has yet to be used in combat.

It is being eyed as a replacement for the 15,000-pound (6,800 kilogram) BLU-82, known as the "Daisy Cutter," that was used in the Vietnam War to clear jungle for helicopter landing zones.

It also was dropped in the 1991 Persian Gulf War to clear minefields and more recently to blast caves believed to be hiding enemy fighters in Afghanistan.

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Subjects: Air force, Armed forces, Military affairs, Defense, Government and Politics, General News, War and Unrest
Organisations: U.S. Department of Defense
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Nigeria Blast
Summary: At least 40 killed in explosion
Story No: 362294
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 02/03/2003 05:00 AM


1. Zoom in to damaged building, pull out to wide of scene

2. People pouring water on smoking building

3. Various of explosion aftermath

4. Close up of fire extinguisher

5. Various of damaged buildings

6. Various of people at scene

7. Close up of ambulance

8. Woman crying

9. People at scene

10. Close up of gloved hand

11. Various of explosion debris

12. People removing body on stretcher

13. Various of people at scene

14. Body in back of ambulance


A powerful explosion tore apart a bank and dozens of apartments above it in Nigeria's crowded commercial capital on Sunday, killing at least 40 people and trapping many others, relief workers said.

Police were investigating a range of motives - including that the blast could have been part of a bank robbery plot.

Looting and bloody fights broke out as hundreds of young men grabbed fistfuls of cash from the leveled bank and battled over them.

In the chaos, trapped victims cried for rescue and onlookers wailed as rescuers retrieved bloody, broken bodies.

The Red Cross said searchers had recovered more than 30 dead and 32 injured.

Ten of the wounded died later at Lagos General Hospital, hospital workers said.

The blast occurred on Lagos Island, a high-rise district of banks and other businesses packed side-by-side with poor, densely populated residential blocks.

The four-story bank building collapsed, bringing three floors of apartments crashing down on the ground floor Prudent Bank.

The explosion heavily damaged two adjoining buildings and shattered windows for blocks around.

Hundreds of police surrounded the damaged neighbourhood, dispersing looters and forcing back thousands of onlookers.

Cranes and other heavy equipment moved in to lift the heavy concrete slabs and other debris.

Ambulance drivers fought to navigate narrow streets and push through the throngs to get to victims.

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Subjects: Accidents and Disasters, Banks, Banking, Credit and Investment Services, Financial Services, Personnel, Occupational accidents, Workplace safety, Business, Building explosions, Explosions, Corporate news, General News
Locations: Lagos
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Nigeria Aftermath 2
Summary: Scenes of devastation after explosions
Story No: 327808
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/28/2002 05:00 AM


Night shots, early morning:

1. Wide of fire burning

2. Building on fire

3. Close shot of fire

Day shots:

4. Exterior of Mandela Hospital, pans to badly damaged bank

5. Broken hospital windows

6. Various interiors of hospital ward with empty beds, broken windows and debris

7. Various through broken hospital window of other damaged buildings

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, witness:

"People were just rushing to the place and it wasn't until a bigger explosion that went boom that everyone just started running. There was a sort of mass evacuation. Everybody was just going and nobody knew where they were going.

7. Impact hole in ground, with debris

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, witness:

"You see, this is my means of livelihood. It is in ruins. I don't even know where to start from. You have to go in there to see the extent of the destruction. I think the government must do something for us. That landed right in front of my office. The government has to do something."

9. pan to broken windows

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, witness:

"We want something to be done. Look at the bomb. (Holds up piece of metal.) It landed in somebody's office. Look at the place over there. Everything was on fire."

11. Nigerian President's car arriving at scene of explosions

12. Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian President, getting out of car

13. Various of President walking through crowd

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian President:

"There will be a need for emergency food relief. There will be a need for relief to immediately repair accommodation and that sort of thing. That is the second immediate thing so that life as quickly as possible returns to normal. Then, there there is the normal thing that we do, or that the military will have to do, which is when a situation like this occurs the military must carry out an inquiry."

15. Wide of crowd


Rescue workers pulled more than 200 bodies from a canal on Monday after a series of large explosions at a munitions depot shook Nigeria's commercial capital, destroying homes and businesses over a wide area, news reports said.

Police and other rescue workers removed the bodies from Oke Afa canal in Lagos' northern Isolo neighborhood, a short distance from the scene of the explosions, independent radio stations reported.

Lagos State Police Commissioner Mike Okilo said panicked residents had jumped and driven into the canal as they fled the blasts at the Ikeja military base on Sunday evening. But he had no information on the number of people killed or injured.

The chain of large blasts at the military munitions dump destroyed homes and at least one church and school.

The total number of dead has not yet been established.

Earlier Army Brigadier General George Emdin had said there was "absolutely no one killed," although an Associated Press reporter saw the body of a young man on a street outside the base.

A journalist with Lagos' respected Guardian newspaper witnessed 12 bodies and numerous wounded being carried from the base on Sunday evening, the Guardian reported.

President Olusegun Obasanjo toured the base on Monday morning, addressing hundreds of soldiers and their families who had fled the barracks.

He promised the military would investigate the causes of the accident.

Flames and sharp cracking noises could still be heard inside the munitions dump on Monday morning - even after fires and major blasts had died down.

Dozens of explosions, which began shortly before 6:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Sunday, sent a fireworks display of artillery ammunition hundreds of metres (yards) into the sky.

The blasts broke some windows at the international airport 10 kilometres (6 miles) away, and continued until the early morning hours.

Shrapnel from the blast lit fires that caved in the roof of the Divine Power Outreach Ministries Church on the top floor of a 4-story building in the nearby working class neighborhood of Oshodi.

The windows and ceiling tiles of Mandela hospital next door were also destroyed, but all patients had been safely evacuated, hospital staff said.

On Monday morning, flames could also still be seen licking the walls of a school inside the military base.

Officials have called the explosions an accident and assured the population that the blasts were not an indication of military unrest.

A police officer, who gave his name as A.E. Odikaesieme, said the blasts had apparently been touched off by an explosion at a nearby gas station, but this could not be independently confirmed.

Army spokesman Felix Chukwumah said a fire had spread to the munitions depot, but had no details on where the fire started.

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Locations: Lagos
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