Huge Blast, Fire Rocks Dubai Port

No deaths were reported in a blast which appears to have been caused by a shipping container which caught alight

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The port shortly after the blast in Dubai
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 A container ship anchored at Dubai's huge port caught fire late Wednesday, the emirate's media office reported, causing an explosion that sent tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai authorities said the fire was "under control" and that there were no deaths or injuries.

The Twitter post from Dubai's state-run media office said that a fire was reported to have erupted on a ship at the Jebel Ali port and that a team of firefighters was working to control the blaze.

Dubai blastCredit: Lovin Dubai

Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties. The extent of the damage caused by the explosion to the port and surrounding cargo was not immediately clear.

People in Dubai recording with their phones from their high-rises posted frantic videos on social media showing a fiery ball illuminating the night sky.

Witnesses reported shaking buildings across the city. Residents of neighborhoods as far away as 25 kilometers (15 miles) felt the blast around 11:45 p.m. Associated Press journalists felt the blast rock the glass windows of their apartments.

The Jebel Ali port in Dubai is one of the largest in the world and the largest in the Middle East. It serves cargo from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Asia. The port, operated by DP World, has four sprawling container terminals that can berth some of the world’s largest ships.

Video circulating on social media depicts a huge fire which broke out following the explosion.

Two fire trucks and other emergency vehicles could be seen heading south of Dubai, one Reuters correspondent said.

The fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. Dubai's  civil defense team is working to put out the blaze, according to Dubai officials. 

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