A major explosion at the Dubai Port of Jabal Ali drew firefighters and other emergency response personnel racing to the site, a central location for docking by oil tankers in the region.
Witnesses said that buildings across the commercial hub of the UAE were rocked by the blast.
— World News Live Alerts (@WorldNewsLive_) July 7, 2021
The Dubai Media Office (DMO) said the blast was caused by a fire that broke out aboard a container ship anchored in the port. “A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze,” the DMO tweeted.
A fire caused by an explosion within a container on board a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no casualities have been reported. pic.twitter.com/iLdS3zEegW
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 7, 2021
Unconfirmed reports quoted by multiple news media said the ship was an oil tanker.
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) July 7, 2021
There are reports that the explosion happened on the “Ocean Trader” ship. Initial reports said the ship was the J Pioneer.
There is also a US Air Force base in the port, unnamed sources said, as well as an oil refinery.
#Dubai A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port.
At the moment The fire is under control and there are no deaths or injuries reported in Jabal Ali port #Dubai #dubaiexplosion
— Journalist Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) July 7, 2021
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Civil defense sources said no injuries were reported, Reuters reported.