Fuel Barges Explode In Mobile, Alabama

Fox 10 News reports that there were five huge explosions on the Mobile River and three people were hospitalized.

Photo from Mobile, Alabama barge explosion http://t.co/sVY7eaxL3o (@LagniappeMobile)— BuzzFeed News

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Firefighters in Mobile, Ala. and the Coast Guard responded Wednesday night to four explosions on two fuel barges in the Mobile River in Alabama that left three people injured.

Fire and rescue crews were responding to two explosions and a fire at the natural gas barges when a third explosion occurred, Mobile Fire and Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said. A fourth explosion was then reported just before 10 p.m. CDT.

Three people were hospitalized with burns.

The explosions rattled the windows of houses in downtown, blew doors open in the Spanish Fort area and aftershocks were reported in Bay Minette and Fort Morgan, the Press-Register reported.

Coast Guard officials were heading to the scene and the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, Vega said.

[Source AP]

3. Fox 10 News anchor reports that the three people hospitilized are in critical condition.

All three patients are currently in critical condition— Bob Grip

4. Local coverage:

[Source @Fox10News]

5. Mobile Fire and Rescue says it will let the fire burn into the night, because the situation is still unstable.

BAE is sheltering in place. Part of Austal has been evacuated. A fourth explosion has occurred. Planning to let it burn. Still too unstable.— Mobile Fire-Rescue

6. Report of a fifth explosion from Fox 10 News anchor:

Fifth explosion just happened

— Bob Grip (@Bob_Grip)

Fifth explosion just happened— Bob Grip

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