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Dubai: Container ship fire caused explosion felt 25 kilometers away

Christian Fernsby |
A container ship anchored at Dubai's huge port caught fire late Wednesday, the emirate's media office reported, causing an explosion that sent tremors across the city.

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The Twitter post from Dubai's state-run media office said that a fire was reported to have erupted on a ship at the Jebel Ali port and that a team of firefighters was working to control the blaze.

"A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze."

Witnesses reported shaking buildings across the city. Residents of neighborhoods as far away as 25 kilometers felt the blast around 11:45 p.m.

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