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Last Updated: Monday, 12 December 2005, 18:01 GMT
In pictures: Fuel depot blasts

View from the top of the Citigroup tower in Canary Wharf.

Smoke from the Buncefield oil depot fire spread across south-east England. Photo: Adam Strudwick.

Depot explosion seen from Ryanair Flight FR903 STN from Stansted. Photo: Dr David Otway.

A passenger on a flight from Stansted captured this image of the blazing tanks. Photo: Dr David Otway.

View of smoke cloud from plane.

The blasts began just after 0600 on 11 December at the Buncefield fuel depot, close to the M1. Photo: Andy Baxter.

Smoke rising over houses

Homeowners reported buckled front doors, cracked walls and blown-out windows. Photo: Warren McKenzie.

The depot is 10 miles from Luton Airport

The depot is close to Luton Airport and several observers initially thought a plane had crashed. Photo: Bruce Walker.

Deserted M1 with smoke clouds nearby

The M1 was closed in both directions on the approach to the depot. Photo: Veronica Smolka.

View from Berkhamstead

Witnesses reported hearing the blasts more than 100 miles away. Photo: Amanda Edmonds / Sean Fitzgerald

Sunset over Borehamwood

A cloud of dark smoke spread over south-east England on Sunday. Photo: Raj Patel.

Evacuated local residents at Jarman Leisure Complex in Hemel Hempstead

Residents who were thought to be at risk from the fires spent the night billeted at emergency shelters.


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