Fuel barge explosions east side of Mobile River 3 injured

Fuel barge explosions east side of Mobile River 3 injured

The Mobile Fire and Rescue Department said three were injured when two barges previously loaded with liquid natural gas exploded and caught fire. Officials said units are on scene on the east side of Mobile River.

Three people were hurt in two fuel barge explosions on the east side of Mobile River on Wednesday night, Mobile Fire-Rescue reported.

Lt. Mike Clawson said two natural gas barges exploded, the first occurring around 8:30 p.m at 200 Dunlap Drive.

It happened between the Bankhead tunnel and waterways; not near Triumph Cruise Ship.

The barges were at the Austal shipyard, early reports said. They were natural gas fuel barges, and were believed to be partially emptied, according to Steve Huffman, spokesperson for Mobile Fire-Rescue.

Members of the Coast Guard are on the scene investigation the cause.

The first blast rattled windows in houses in downtown Mobile and blew doors open in homes in Spanish Fort, news outlets reported. The aftershocks were also reported in Bay Minette and Fort Morgan.

The first explosion occurred about 8:30 p.m., according to WALA TV. A smaller, third blast was reported about 9:30 p.m.

A fourth explosion just occurred around 9:50 p.m. in a fuel barge fire on the east side of the Mobile River.

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