Video Shows Terminal Blast Details

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 03:07 PM gHale

A chilling video shows just how lucky three workers were to be alive after the massive explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum (CAPECO) terminal facility near San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2009.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a video on what went wrong at the terminal facility leading up to the blast.

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The gasoline terminal incident occurred when gasoline overflowed and sprayed out from a large above ground storage tank, forming a 107-acre vapor cloud which then ignited.

The CSB issued a draft report on the incident which includes proposed recommendations for addressing regulatory gaps in safety oversight of petroleum storage facilities by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

While there were no fatalities, the explosion damaged 300 nearby homes and businesses and petroleum leaked into the surrounding soil, waterways and wetlands. Flames from the explosion were visible from as far as eight miles away.