Dubai Reports 'Leakage' Into Water From Container Ship Destroyed in Explosion

Authorities in Dubai report "leakage" into the water at one of its main ports after a container ship exploded Wednesday night.

The fiery explosion at Jebel Ali port sent a giant fireball into the sky and shook homes and buildings in several neighborhoods across Dubai.

Photos from the incident show what appears to be an oil-water mix spreading into the gulf, The Associated Press reported. Authorities said the ship was carrying containers full of unspecified "flammable materials."

Firefighting boats continued to pour water on the ship on Thursday, 12 hours after the explosion occurred.

No casualties were reported from the blast and the cause of the blast is still under investigation, the government said.

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An employee wearing a face mask against the coronavirus, is pictured at the port of Jebel Ali, operated by the Dubai-based giant ports operator DP World, in the southern outskirts of the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on June 18, 2020. Authorities in Dubai report "leakage" into the water at one of its main ports after a container ship exploded Wednesday night. KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images

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Dubai authorities also sought to stem the fallout from the shocking explosion, praising the "record time" it took firefighters to contain the flames and stressing the crucial port operations had not experienced any disruption.

The state-run media office and Dubai police did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the incident. Authorities restricted media access to the area, citing the ongoing investigation. In aerial footage of the aftermath released by the government Thursday, the stricken vessel is visible for just a few seconds before the camera pans to the rest of the vast port. The small Ocean Trader appears charred, with thick plumes of gray smoke still billowing from its containers and blackened debris littering the terminal.

The UAE's state-linked newspaper The National, citing an unnamed official, reported "minor injuries" — mostly bumps and scrapes — as the crew "fled from the ship and the area was evacuated." The paper said the crew rushed to evacuate after spotting smoke rising from one of the containers.

The Jebel Ali port, on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, is the biggest port in the Middle East and busiest port of call for American warships outside the U.S. It's not only a critical global cargo hub, but a lifeline for Dubai and surrounding emirates, serving as the point of entry for essential imports.

The explosion occurred around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, as Dubai's temperature hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), with heat and humidity along the coast approaching summer peaks.

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In this satellite photo shot by Planet Labs Inc., the Jebel Ali Port is seen early Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A fiery explosion erupted on a container ship anchored in Dubai at one of the world's largest ports late Wednesday, July 7 authorities said, sending tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates. Planet Labs Inc. via AP