Caribbean Petroleum Corporation, a gasoline warehouse and distributor in San Juan, Puerto Rico exploded today. Officials said that there was a blast at 12:30 a.m. which caused 11 of the 40 tanks at the facility to burst into flames. Smoke and fire could be seen from miles away and only worsened hours after the explosion. FBI agents were on site to investigate the cause and firefighters are currently on scene attempting to contain the situation but told the press that it seems that It will take several days to put out the fire. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.
Governor Luis Fortuño urged island residents to stay away from the site and closed schools in the surrounding area today, while environmental authorities encouraged nearby residents to keep their windows shut to avoid inhalation of potentially dangerous smoke. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico in the next few days make sure to check your status before heading to the airport since Federal Aviation Administrators placed a restriction on flights over the area.
Check out the dramatic video below: