This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
NEWS REPORT FBI: No sabotage in Puerto Rico tank explosion
Last updated October 30, 2009 2:19 p.m. PT By DANICA COTO ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER http://www.seattlepi.com/national/1102ap_cb_puerto_rico_explosion.html
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The FBI said Friday there is no evidence of sabotage in last week's explosion at a Puerto Rico fuel depot, which burned for more than two days and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. Gasoline vapors from an overflowing fuel tank caused the blast at the Caribbean Petroleum Corp. facility near the U.S. territory's capital, San Juan, according to Luis Fraticelli, the FBI special agent in charge for the island. He said more than 240 investigators analyzed the explosion and did not find evidence it was intentional. But Fraticelli said authorities are still investigating whether negligence was involved. "Since this is a federal investigation, the word 'accident' will not be used," Fraticelli said at a news conference. The explosion shortly after midnight on Oct. 23 shattered windows and sent tremors across San Juan. The fire destroyed 21 of the depot's 40 fuel storage tanks and sent up a plume of thick, toxic smoke. More than 1,500 people were evacuated out of fears of contamination, but there were no deaths. Immediately before the blast, a tanker ship had released nearly 28,000 gallons (106,000 liters) of fuel into the tanks, and an undetermined amount spilled into a drainage ditch that is capable of handling a 10 percent overflow, said ATF spokesman Marcial Orlando Felix. The fuel released a large amount of vapor, and one of three items could have caused the spark, although Felix declined to name them because officials have not pinpointed the source. Federal and local agents questioned more than 100 people, including company employees, and investigated leads including graffiti found after the blast in a highway tunnel in the capital with the message: "Boom, fire, RIP, Gulf." Agents also are investigating what security systems were in place to prevent such an explosion and why apparently no alarms were activated, Felix said. The explosion damaged more than 200 homes, and crews have installed new doors and windows and repaired walls, Gov. Luis Fortuno said. Twelve homes required more extensive repairs, and six will be partially or demolished. President Barack Obama had designated Puerto Rico an emergency zone and ordered federal aid to supplement local efforts. Caribbean Petroleum spokeswoman Frances Rios said the company is cooperating with authorities, and crews have built dikes and contained toxic material to prevent further contamination of water sources. Caribbean Petroleum supplies 200 Gulf gas stations in Puerto Rico.
Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 1 of 6
Puerto Rico at the Carribean Petroleum Corp refinery tank farm near San Juan. (news Reports) There are no reported fatalities and only a few minor injuries. (news Reports) Later reports cite higher numbers. EPA. . . . just west of San Juan. 2009 WHAT WE KNOW (& HOW) on Oct 30. (news Reports) This is a terminal adjacent to a refinery -. the fire spread to at least six more. A six-person team from the U. Concerns regarding possible mischief were prompted by graffiti found Friday in two San Juan highway tunnels. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed to the site. (news Reports) Products reportedly stored at the terminal are gasoline. FBI. fire. bunker fuel. said ATF spokesman Marcial Orlando Felix. The incident is reported as occurring on Friday October 23.” It is not known who or what ACNF refers to. The White House declared a stated of emergency in Puerto Rico. (news Reports) The fire was reported as being “mostly” out on Sunday Oct 25 (news Reports) Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 2 of 6 . (news Reports) After initially destroying 11 tanks at the 40-tank site. Diesel and heating oil. Firearms and Explosives dispatched more than 60 agents each to the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.S.OCTOBER 23. jet fuel. in Bayamon. . Gulf. (just after midnight) .S. . Soul. (news Reports) There were evacuations of a lot of residents. The graffiti reportedly included the message: “Boom. #6 oil. .with marine facilities (since there appear to be no operating refineries in PR per DOE reports the refinery appears to be shut down and this suggests that all product is imported via water).PUERTO RICO TANK FARM FIRE -. (news Reports) Reports mention two explosions with reports of glass breakage. 2009 at about 12:30 a. (news Reports) Response & Investigation includes local folks from Puerto Rico (including the PR national Guard). (news Reports) Pictures of window damage appear to confirm an overpressure. . RIP. (news Reports) There is unrest among the PR populace because of major layoffs of government employees. (news Reports) Both the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol. 2009 A multi-tank fire incident occurred at Bayamon. CSB + Chevron. ACNF. .m. ATF. the US Coast Guard. Tobacco. Several agents flew in from the U.
9 7.m. Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometers across.92 F Lo 79 F Precipitation -.it probably is irrelevant -.OCTOBER 23. .php While the earthquake info is interesting -.2 on 2009/10/23 at 00:21:13 19.none until 6 pm Other conditions essentially unchanged until the sun came up (e.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Quakes/quakes_all. Earthquake Severity Richter Magnitudes Less than 3.under 3. There was some actual measured earthquake activity in the PR vicinity at about the same time -. Can be destructive in areas up to about 100 kilometers across where people live.m -.5 3.321 -65. (news Reports) Mutual aid came from a number of governmental and private resources.8 magnitude earthquake.5 is pretty mild.88F Lo 81F Precipitation -.0. Virgin Islands. around 7 a. PR see http://earthquake.9 located 103 km ( 64 mi) NNE of Suárez.5-5.1-6.4 Under 6. Often felt.one at 12:21 a.usgs. Great earthquake.593 11. Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. but rarely causes damage. 2009 WEATHER There had been rain on Thursday afternoon but none reported at the time of the incident (Weather web site) (Thursday Oct 22 Temperature Hi -. The intensity at the tank farm and any possible affect is an open issue. FIRE SUPPRESSION Authorities erected a temporary pipeline from San Juan Bay to supply seawater to help fight the fire.0 6. Major earthquake. Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 3 of 6 .9 8 or greater Earthquake Effects Generally not felt.35 in light rain in afternoon between 2 pm and 5 pm windspeed almost zero at midnight.S. At most slight damage to well-designed buildings.nine minutes before the reported time of ignition.) EARTHQUAKES People reported feeling something which felt like an earthquake and reports mention that the incident registered as a 2. Can cause serious damage over larger areas.PUERTO RICO TANK FARM FIRE -.g. humidity near 100 percent at midnight Friday Oct 23 Temperature Hi -. but recorded. Additional foam used in extinguishing oil fires was shipped in from the U. (Magnitude 3.0-7.
the source said. The source.com Gases emanating from an overfilled tank could have caused the blast that rocked the metro area and sparked a blaze that burned 21 of the 40 tanks at the Caribbean Petroleum Corp. The source said five people were at the Capeco facility at the time: the worker. I couldn’t say. the source said.com/news03. many. “I can’t confirm was the person is saying because that would be irresponsible. Tobacco & Firearms.m.PUERTO RICO TANK FARM FIRE -. they fled the scene before the first blast at around 12:20 a. adding he hid not know how long the investigation would take.m.php?nt_id=36754&ct_id=1 By CB Online Staff cbnews@caribbeanbusinesspr. The blast tossed the Vehicle against a gate. “There are various theories. the supervisor. a source with access to witness testimony told the Associated Press on Wednesday. two employees who were in the lab area and a single security guard. The worker started filling the tank at 11 p. and then spotted the fumes leaking from the tank.lacking detail) ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ What was going on at the facility? Receiving? Dispatching? Maintenance? Who was on site? Source of ignition? Initial reports of an airplane crashing into the site were retracted.” Félix said. Friday. ¾ Whether blog report (following) is correct about receiving from a tank ship and tank overfilling. Noting the extent of the danger.UNCONFIRMED Source: Overfilled tank may have sparked blast http://www. 2009 WHAT WE DON’T KNOW (somewhat modified by FBI statement .caribbeanbusinesspr. which is heading the probe along with the FBI. Quantity of fuel (released?) prior ignition? Why the fire spread? What fuels were involved (did fire spread to some tanks but not others?) Did tank roof construction affect which tanks were involved? Was the fire extinguished or did it go out? What fire suppression equipment was available? Whether there was a functional firewater system available since the refinery was not operating.OCTOBER 23. spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol. BLOG REPORT ON CAUSE -. (Capeco) facility in Bayamón last weekend. Until the scientists tell us what happened. said that a Capeco worker with 35 years of experience noted on the tank’s gauge that there wasn’t enough room for the fuel being pumped in from a ship docked in nearby San Juan Bay. Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 4 of 6 . who spoke on condition of anonymity due to gag order from federal investigators.” said Marcial Orlando Félix. The source said the employee promptly went to alert a supervisor and the two returned to the tank in a vehicle.
OCTOBER 23.PUERTO RICO TANK FARM FIRE -. 2009 Picture of fire before daylight 10-23-2009 [Note that all fires are not adjacent ] Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 5 of 6 .
2009 Tank farm before incident Fire Friday Morning 10-23-2009 (in daylight after Ignition shortly after midnight) Ken Crawford 10-30-2009 Page 6 of 6 .OCTOBER 23.PUERTO RICO TANK FARM FIRE -.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue listening from where you left off, or restart the preview.