Oil pipeline blast causes huge fire in NE China

World Today

A crude oil spill from a pipeline of PetroChina, the country’s largest oil and gas producer, caused a huge fire on Monday evening in northeast China’s coastal city of Dalian. Fire fighters managed to put out the flames early on Tuesday. No casualties have been reported.

The oil pipeline near Dalian University in Jinzhou New District was damaged Monday and oil leaked due to the drilling operation of a local construction engineering company.

The spill flew into the urban sewage pipeline network and fire broke out at the exit of the urban pipelines. Residents nearby were evacuated. The valves on both ends of the oil pipeline were shut after the leak.

Image courtesy of China Daily.