What happened at Buncefield?
The Buncefield oil depot explosion was caused when thousands of gallons of petrol overflowed a storage tank after automatic monitoring systems broke down, an official report has found. The blast blew out a window at St Albans Abbey, five miles from the site, but remarkably nobody was killed or seriously injured.
Why did the Buncefield explosion happen?
A massive vapour cloud explosion occurred at the Buncefield fuel depot near Hemel hempstead, UK, in the morning of 11 December 2005. The explosion was caused by an overflow from one of the storage tanks resulting in the release of over 300 tons of petrol.
How many people died in the Buncefield explosion?
The first and largest explosion occurred at 06:01 UTC near tank 912, which led to further explosions which eventually overwhelmed 20 large storage tanks….Buncefield fire.
|11 December 2005
|Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
How much did Buncefield cost?
The massive explosion at the Buncefield oil depot near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in December 2005, caused £1bn of damage to the local economy, forcing some businesses into liquidation and residents into unemployment, local authorities have reported.
What was the Buncefield fire?
The Buncefield fire was a major fire at an oil storage facility on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal, located near the M1 motorway, Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, England.
What was the Buncefield incident investigation?
BUNCEFIELD MAJOR INCIDENT INVESTIGATION Initial Report to the Health and Safety Commission and the Environment Agency of the investigation into the explosions and fires at the Buncefield oil storage and transfer depot, Hemel Hempstead, on 11 December 2005 Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board
What happened at the Buncefield oil depot?
Initial Report to the Health and Safety Commission and the Environment Agency of the investigation into the explosions and fires at the Buncefield oil storage and transfer depot, Hemel Hempstead, on 11 December 2005 Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board i
What are the issues raised by the Buncefield explosion?
80 One of the starkest issues raised by the Buncefield explosion is the location of sites with such major hazard potential alongside neighbouring commercial and residential development.