On Sunday, 11 December 2005, at about 6 am UTC, several explosions rocked one of the five largest fuel depots in the United Kingdom, approximately 40 km north of London in Buncefield, Hertfordshire. Some media sources claimed that the resulting fire was the largest in peacetime Europe. A handful of families were temporarily homeless because of the fire, and many more residents within a three-mile radius of the Hemel Hempstead site saw their homes damaged. The blast also destroyed part of the Luton Airport terminal, and the oil fire sent thick clouds of black smoke over London and South England...

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