Explosion, fire off container ship docked at Dubai's Jebel Ali port

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A blast was heard across parts of the UAE’s city of Dubai on Wednesday night, with residents hearing a loud explosion, according to witnesses.

A fire had broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai Media Office confirmed in a tweet following the explosion.

"A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defence (fire brigade) team is working to put out the blaze," the Dubai Media Office said.

“The fire in a container on a ship in Jebel Ali was an accident that could have happened anywhere. Thank God, there are no injuries as a result of the explosion,” says Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office.

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The explosion heard in Dubai came from a ship docked off Jebel Ali port, Al Arabiya sources can confirm.

At least four residents living in the Dubai Marina area reported hearing the explosion and said their windows and doors at their homes were shaken as a result of the blast.

DP World, which owns Jebel Ali Port, had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

"I was outside on my balcony. My friend saw something yellow coming (like) the sun. I took the picture and after (there was) a sound," said intern Clemence Lefaix, who is staying near the blast site and posted a photo of a bright orange light against the night sky in front of apartment buildings.

A resident of Dubai's Madina district, close to the Jebel Ali port, told AFP they "saw the windows shaking."

"I have been living here for 15 years and this is the first time I've seen and heard this," they said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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