Smoke from Hertfordshire Explosion over SE1

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Sunday 11 December 2005 11.05am
The effects of the massive explosion at the fuel plant in Hemel Hempsted has now reached south of the river, spoiling what would've otherwise been a perfect blue sky!

Environmentally, this has got to be bad news.
Sunday 11 December 2005 1.41pm
The view from the top of the London Television Centre on Upper Ground (you can see Oxo Tower Wharf at the bottom):


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Sunday 11 December 2005 2.48pm
An hour and 20 minutes later:



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Sunday 11 December 2005 3.23pm
Most eery, we've been watching it creep up all day. Just amazing that no one's been hurt too seriously. What on EARTH happened? Accident? What does that mean? Ooops, dropped a match?
Sunday 11 December 2005 3.33pm
Did the noise wake anyone else up ? It rattled the (open) windows in my flat and sent the cat into a 45 minute frenzy of yowling. In the depths of sleep, I assumed it was a car or lorry backfiring...
Sunday 11 December 2005 4.12pm
I first thought it was the sound of an explosion in the local area - the building shook and the metal roof must have flexed as well because there was a sound like stones showering on it! From my vantage point at 6th floor level I can now see a dark grey slick of smoke to the north over the city. I hear the smoke may make one feel sick and possibly cause breathing difficulties - but it's 'not toxic'. So, that's alright then.
Sunday 11 December 2005 4.40pm
Some striking local pictures on flickr, like this one:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edvvc/72423193/

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Monday 12 December 2005 11.55am
Slept right through it.

...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 12 December 2005 1.01pm
I thought I'd made the earth move. Sadly no.
Monday 12 December 2005 4.17pm
i too slept right through it, and finally woke up at about 10:15...
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