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Sunday, 11 December 2005

Hemel explosion - what we saw and heard...

The cloud above HemelThe eerily empty M1Wow.. what a morning. OK, so it's not quite on our doorstep, but we were all woken at 6 o'clock this morning; I thought it was thunder, Beth initially considered it might have been something happening at the airport, and Christopher believed that little Christmas tree he put up in his room yesterday had fallen down.

We all went back to a fairly fitful sleep, only to discover - after a text from Cath (who lives about the same distance the other side of Hemel) - that there'd been an explosion. We put on BBC News 24's coverage and saw the smoke and flames.

The M1 was closed for much of the morning - the photo you can see on the right was taken around about when junction 10 was reopened. The sky's been a wonderful blue since first light; it's a bit of a shame the sun was shining so close to the direction of Hemel, since the photo of the smoke cloud, although fairly extensive, didn't really come out as dark as I was expecting. For something that size ten miles away, though, it's definitely ominous-looking!

It's a real blessing that the explosion happened at possibly the least-worst time that it could have - the oil tanks are in the middle of an industrial state on the periphery of Hemel Hempstead

It's going to be a turbulent week - especially for the commute, but I'm sure the capable emergency services that we're fortunate to have in the UK will get things back to some kind of normality as soon as they can.

Posted by james at December 11, 2005 12:30 PM

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