As investigations are underway regarding the source of the explosion, officials believe that high temperatures may have been a factor; No injuries occurred; No explosive materials are reported to have been in the containers.
A container ship located at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai was rocked by a large explosion before midnight on Wednesday, resulting in a fire that local firefighters could extinguish in under an hour. According to reports, there was no foul play involved. Officials believe the cause of the explosion was related to high temperatures potentially combined with other factors.
The Dubai Media Office (DMO) stated on Thursday, “A fire caused by an explosion within a container onboard a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no casualties have been reported.”
According to one police official, there were no explosives in any of the containers on the ship, and only three of the containers held flammable materials.
Authorities are currently investigating the ultimate source of the blast, which could be heard and felt by several people in the surrounding area.