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Buncefield response

Reports and recommendations arising from the Competent Authority's response to the Buncefield incident

The incident

In the early hours of Sunday 11th December 2005, a number of explosions occurred at Buncefield Oil Storage Depot, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. At least one of the initial explosions was of massive proportions and there was a large fire, which engulfed a high proportion of the site. Over 40 people were injured; fortunately there were no fatalities. Significant damage occurred to both commercial and residential properties in the vicinity and a large area around the site was evacuated on emergency service advice. The fire burned for several days, destroying most of the site and emitting large clouds of black smoke into the atmosphere.

The prosecution

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment Agency (EA) have secured convictions against five companies. They will be sentenced on Friday 16 July at St Albans Crown Court.

Reports and recommendations

2015-12-10