Buncefield 10 years ago today


It is hard to believe that 10 years ago today saw the biggest peacetime explosion occur in the UK when the Buncefield oil depot exploded in the early hours of the 11th of December 2005.

Fumes from nearly 5 swimming pools worth of overflowing petrol were ignited at 6.10 am on the 11 of December, causing a ground tremor that measured 2.4 on the Richter scale.

See the video of the aftermath here

Keen to get a clear view of the devastation caused we were commissioned by the local authority to capture an aerial picture of the site soon after the explosion.

When you look at the damage, it is incredible that that no person was killed or seriously injured; although some emergency service crews required hospital treatment after the event

Weather conditions prevented an immediate flight but within a couple of weeks we were able to get in and fly the area. Imagery was captured at a very detailed resolution; each pixel in the image measured 6.3cm on the ground.

When you see the twisted metal girders, crumpled storage tanks and splintered trees you can sense the force that must have ripped through here when the fuel tanks exploded.

The imagery provided to the local authority was used in the post reconstruction and planning of the Buncefield site.

Additional facts about the Buncefield blast sourced from http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/may/09/buncefield.davidfickling

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