29 Sep '11, 5am

Explosions heard at Pulau Bukom refinery

Explosions heard at Pulau Bukom refinery

SINGAPORE: Fresh explosions were heard at the Pulau Bukom Shell refinery around noon on Thursday. Witnesses at the Pasir Panjang port and at West Coast said they saw more black smoke and fireballs shooting into the sky. Ben Koh, an eyewitness at Pasir Panjang port, said: "The fireball was 10, 20 metres in height. After that I can see small flames, but ... from a small portion of the island." He said the smoke got thicker, with the smell of petrol in the air. "It's not really that strong, but you can smell it," he added. Shell said in a statement on Thursday that it experienced a surge in the fire at the refinery around noon, but the fire remains contained. It said the surge in the fire was caused by the remnants of light fuel components where the fire started on Wednesday afternoon. The company said the smoke that several callers to the Channel NewsAsia news hotline said t...

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