A barge at the
Staten Island Port Mobil terminal, owned by ExxonMobil Corp., exploded this
morning at 10:10 a.m. EST. Reuters reported one person dead at the scene. As
of noon this afternoon two other people were in the hospital and one person
was still missing. The barge no. 125 is owned by Bouchard Transportation Company
Inc. of Hicksville, N.Y., and was offloading 100,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline
when the explosion occurred.
A smoke plume from a fire off of Staten
Island today stretched about 150 kilometers to the east. Photo courtesy of SeaWiFS
Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.
New York Times