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  Huge explosion at New York oil plant
Updated 21 February 2003, 15.59
Smoke billows from the fire
There's been a huge explosion at an oil and gas plant in New York State.

Fire is raging through the Exxon Mobil plant on Staten Island, on the outskirts of New York City.

It's thought a barge carrying 100,000 barrels of fuel exploded near the gas plant.

Hospital


One person from the barge has been taken to hospital and two others are missing at the moment.

It's not known yet whether anyone was inside the plant.

Enormous plumes of black smoke have could be seen for miles.

Officials don't yet know what caused the explosion but say there's no sign it was anything except an accident.

Ground shook

And there's no serious threat of the fire spreading to Manhattan itself, in New York City.

People say they felt the ground shake ten miles away when the explosion happened.

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