December 11, 2005

Large explosions reported north of London: witnesses

LONDON (Reuters) - A series of massive explosions were
reported north of London by witnesses ringing into British
media early on Sunday.

One, identified only as Heather, said she heard a loud
blast near the commuter town of Hemel Hempstead and could see
sheets of flame soaring into the sky.

"There is a fuel depot nearby," she told BBC Television.
"There are lots of houses damaged."

Police were not immediately available for comment but
another eye witness also said he thought there had been an
explosion at the fuel depot.

Sky News reported that the scene of the first explosion was
the Bunsfield oil terminal in Leverstock Green, near Hemel

A Reuters witness said the blast was heard shortly after
0600 GMT in northwest London, 40 km (25 miles) away.