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Millennium Bridge, Bankside - that's smoke from the Buncefield explosion in the sky, not clouds. The skies have been very strange ever since, but it was most spectacular on Sunday. You could smell the smoke in the air over a lot of London.

 

Submitted to Cream of the Crop - my most favorited picture.

Although not my photo's, i found these deep within my hard drive vaults so i think they must have been sent to me via email and are too good not to share. These are great shots of the disastrous oil depot fire at Buncefield near Hemel Hempstead UK on 11th December 2005. I've studied these photographs carefully and the damage is pretty severe. Although this is about 40 miles from where i live we couldn't see any smoke that day although large areas of the south east including central London most certainly could and apparently the explosion was heard as far away as Holland.

 

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The dark cloud from the explosion caused this earie dark hue across Enfield.

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The Buncefield Oil fire cloud moving behind our office.

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Can you name those responsible?

 

Images of the forms taken by the terrible cloud of the burning oil.

 

These are straight photographs of the cloud.

 

To get a wider picture go here: flickr.com/photos/algo/72332476/in/set-1813924/

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Coming in closer to route around the blaze and the smoke cloud.

 

See my set of pics for more of my aerial shots of the Buncefield (UK) Fuel Depot Fire and the BBC story about User Generated Content with a fair bit about what I saw that day.

 

Taken by me from seat 6A from Ryanair FR903 STN-CORK on the morning of 11th December 2005. Was pure luck that I'd ended up on the left hand side of the plane in a window seat (as I normally would sit in row 1 if possible - but it was busy) with my camera on my lap and not in the box above, let alone having the camera on this flight at all :-)

 

We were getting closer and it was by now obvious that the fire was huge (this was taken at 11.41 am and the explosion had happened at 6.13 that morning) !

 

Going through my archives and also I've since toned up on my PS skills a little enough to play with some of the pics I didn't think were good enough to share at the time.

 

So I thought I'd air them and see what people thought.

 

Earlier text - Taken the morning of the Buncefield Fuel/Oil Depot fire/explosion - the pilot banked to fly around the smoke and I got a series of pics (some of which are earlier in my photos)

 

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.

Walking the dog!!

 

Isn't it amazing how quickly we get used to things??

 

This same spot yesterday had stunned people gazing in awe. Today - well a nice afternoon to walk the dog!!! And this guy was genuinely oblivious to the background!!! It wasn't even cause for conversation...the mud in the field, the pretty sun - but not the vast plume of pollution behind and the occassional leaping flames!!!

 

:-)

  

Smoke from a massive fire at a petroleum storage facility north-west of London drifted in to cover the sky. The densest part of the plume drifted north of the capital.

Found this on news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4517962.stm

 

Not much news coverage here in the U.S. regarding this story. I wonder how Hemel Hempstead is doing.

 

link to original picture

AND A GREAT DARKNESS CAME OVER THE ..............

 

Probably my last pic of that morning. Within a couple of hours of the explosion, and just after sunrise.

 

On Black

This looks like a tree in the thumbnail.

 

The dense plume of smoke certainly seemed solid enough.

 

Contrast the scene of destruction on the right with the peaceful tree lined dawn on the left!

 

Story on BBC news

 

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This shot - taken at dawn about 4 milles from the explosion - conveys something of the intensity of the blaze

 

Story on BBC news

 

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TIMESTAMP : gridlock said : I can't really remember the first 5 minutes or so (and I've not seen a published time of the explosion) but one of mine has a timestamp of 6:06am, and I think I've got one (where I forgot the flash and ended up with a picture of my window pane and a vague orange glow) earlier than that." permalink fuel depot fire - group discussion

My third installment of favourite photos and images from around Flickr, taking it up to 300 gorgeous and inspiring images in total now. VIEW LARGE

 

Thank you to everyone included here and in the previous two, and everyone whose works I have admired but maybe not favourited here.

 

This version includes a lot of images which I may not have marked as a favourite on first sight, but when viewed along with their story, became that bit more special to me (for example those below). Also ones that meant something to the personal story of my life.

 

Living in a student area.

The Blackout, and Stars Over Brooklyn

Copacabana 1.1.5

I didn't have any video - so this is the best way I can show how the flames were in the air.

 

Quality isn't that great - but it was still dark when I took these.

 

I took these from about 4 miles away!

 

Story on BBC news

 

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Taken on the day of the Hemel Hempstead Buncefield Oil Depot 'Big Fire' (we were about 10 miles away)

The strange cloud is in fact the smoke from the Buncefield depot explosion.

The black cloud from the Buncefield fire and the December mist has made a very strange effect on the fields around Enfield

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Taken from Ryanair FR903 STN-CORK on the morning of 11th December 2005.

 

I've since toned up on my PS skills a little enough to play with some of the pics I didn't think were good enough to share at the time. The contrast and colours had to be tweaked on this one as there was a lot of murk from the windows of the plane and the angle it was taken from didn't help.

 

So I thought I'd air them and see what people thought.

 

See the set of pics for full details on the explosion and the BBC story about User Generated Content.

Canary Wharf obscured by the smoke clouds drifting over London from the oil refinery explosion at Hemel Hempstead.

 

Update: This is a similar shot on a clearer day about a year later!

a pall of black smoke from the massive fuel depot explosion at hemel hempstead hangs over north london on an otherwise gloriously clear day

Winter sun struggles to break through the pollution cloud, birds silent, the day is night. Near Chesham

Taken by me from Ryanair flight FR903 STN-CORK at 11.40 am 11-12-05 10 mins after take-off.

 

Not the sharpest one - as taken at full limit of digital zoom from climbing aircraft.

 

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.

 

The BBC have run an article on the use of flickr and other photo sites with mention of my pictures of the Oil Depot Fire :-) news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4522014.stm

 

Link to bbc news story of the explosion news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4517962.stm

The clouds you can see are smoke - if you were looking the other way it was clear blue all the way!

Enfield, 14:00, December 11 2005 - Buncefield smoke blocking out the Sun

This is taken from near my house.

 

The scene of the explosion is 15 miles away - and the thick smoke drifting downwind caused a false dawn.

 

Story on BBC news

 

More of my pictures are here

  

The Buncefield fire was a major conflagration caused by a series of explosions on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal,[1] an oil storage facility located near the M1 motorway by Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England.[2][3] The terminal was the fifth largest oil-products storage depot in the United Kingdom

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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.

The roads were closed but various people with all manner of digital cameras were walking up the country road to see what could be seen.

The Buncefield fire was a major conflagration caused by a series of explosions on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal,[1] an oil storage facility located near the M1 motorway by Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England.[2][3] The terminal was the fifth largest oil-products storage depot in the United Kingdom

The Buncefield fire was a major conflagration caused by a series of explosions on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal,[1] an oil storage facility located near the M1 motorway by Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England.[2][3] The terminal was the fifth largest oil-products storage depot in the United Kingdom

Although not my photo's, i found these deep within my hard drive vaults so i think they must have been sent to me via email and are too good not to share. These are great shots of the disastrous oil depot fire at Buncefield near Hemel Hempstead UK on 11th December 2005. I've studied these photographs carefully and the damage is pretty severe. Although this is about 40 miles from where i live we couldn't see any smoke that day although large areas of the south east including central London most certainly could and apparently the explosion was heard as far away as Holland.

 

For more infomation CLICK!

  

The Buncefield fire was a major conflagration caused by a series of explosions on 11 December 2005 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal,[1] an oil storage facility located near the M1 motorway by Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England.[2][3] The terminal was the fifth largest oil-products storage depot in the United Kingdom

I don't often say this, but I really, really wish I'd been working yesterday. Post-Buncefield sunset over Primrose Hill, St John's Wood and Camden from the office window tonight.

From my back room - about 5 miles away.

We live a couple of miles from the depot and were woken by the house shaking and a massive roar that lasted four or five seconds! The sky was lit up like a false dawn and all the neighbours were out in the streets - very surreal I can tell you.

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