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I emailed this picture into the Daily Telegraph on the afternoon of the Buncefield Oil Depot explosion and they published it on page 4 of the paper on 12-12-05 :-)
I've replaced the photo with a slightly enhanced one since I've honed up on my PS skills - only the contrast has been tweaked to remove some of the haziness!
Taken by me from Ryanair flight FR903 STN-CORK at 11.40 am 11-12-05 10 mins after take-off.
The pilot banked to fly around smoke and I got a series of pics that I'll post having just gotten into the office now.
I saw this ominous cloud over London and thought that's strange on a foggy day.
I hadn't heard the news as I'd been travelling all morning but someone on the plane had a relative 4 miles away that had their windows popped.
Link to bbc news story news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4517962.stm.
This photo has (14-07-06) gained 2nd place in the Citizen Journalism Awards 2006 sponsored by Nokia NSeries :-)
Made the most interesting list for 11-12-05.
Have a look here for an interview with me on Swiss TV about these shots and on UGC - User Generated Content in general.