A container ship at Ashdod Port in May 2014.
A container ship at Ashdod Port in May 2014. Photo by Ilan Assayag
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A ship leaking a highly explosive substance was heading toward Ashdod Port on Wednesday afternoon.

A hazardous material team was deployed to the port and bystanders have been evacuated from the dock where the ship is headed. Security officials fear too much movement could cause a massive explosion.

The ship, which was leaking isopropyl peroxide from the hold, had yet to enter port as of mid-afternoon Wednesday.

A tugboat was waiting for workers to finish unloading a ship at the dock before towing in the ship.