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December Marks the 15th Anniversary of the Buncefield Depot Disaster
Intense Flaring at Scottish Chemical Plant Creates Concern
Milford Haven, U.K.: Aug. 30, 1983

Milford Haven, U.K.: Aug. 30, 1983

A burning crude oil storage tank not extinguished quickly enough is like stoking a volcano. Crude contains water that settles to the bottom of the tank. A surface fire slowly heats the oil until the thermal wave reaches that water. The result is instant steam that pushes the heated, burning crude up and out of the tank.

July 1, 2001