A 25-tonne chlorine tank exploded with yellow-colored gas at a dock in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, injuring at least 251 workers – as dock worker desperately tried to flee
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Cool footage captures the moment when poisonous gas engulfs an entire harbor, killing ten and injuring hundreds.
A 25-ton chlorine tank containing yellow-colored gas exploded at a dock in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, injuring at least 251 workers – as a dock worker desperately tried to flee the toxic site.
The chlorine gas was exported to Djibouti, but officials say a leak started in transit.
Residents and workers living in the area have been asked by authorities to close their windows and stay indoors as the poisonous gas could rise into the air – with locals driving away from the site for their safety.
The horrifying footage shows the storage tank falling from a winch before crashing onto the deck of a ship.
Specialized teams, including evacuation planes, are being deployed by the Civil Defense Service to try to plug the leak – more than 251 people were injured and a further 10 killed – according to the Public Safety Directorate.
According to local reports, Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh arrived in Aqaba, which lies at the northern tip of the Red Sea, next to the Israeli city of Eilat, and visited some of the injured patients at the hospital where they are currently being treated.
The incident, which is being investigated by officials while emergency services are still working to contain the incident, has not affected the city, according to a statement from local authorities.
However, they keep a close eye on events and inform residents accordingly.