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Exploding LA container said to hold fuel, tagged scrap metal not hazmat

PRELIMINARY analysis of the causes of Tuesday's container explosion in the Port of Los Angeles indicates that a form of combustible fuel or other compound was ignited in the sealed container, says the port authority

Exploding LA container said to hold fuel, tagged scrap metal not hazmat
02 November 2018 - 19:00

PRELIMINARY analysis of the causes of Tuesday's container explosion in the Port of Los Angeles indicates that a form of combustible fuel or other compound was ignited in the sealed container, says the port authority.

An investigation by the Los Angeles Port Police Hazardous Materials Unit, Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad and United States Coast Guard continues, and its results will be reported to the public, said the Port of Los Angeles.



'At 5:58 p.m. on October 30, the Los Angeles Port Police received a call regarding a container explosion at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal. Unified Command was established with the Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, US Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, container terminal management and ILWU labour representatives,' said the port authority statement.



The investigation determined that a 40-foot outbound container was delivered earlier in the day along with 11 other containers from a recycling facility on Terminal Island. The containers were to go to Taiwan.



The exploded container was not marked as containing hazardous materials and the manifest indicated clean scrap iron or heavy melting scrap only, said the statement.



The remaining 11 containers were located, inspected and determined to be compliant by LA Port Police, LAPD Bomb Squad, US Coast Guard and CBP. The Los Angeles Port Police Hazardous Materials Unit is conducting a thorough investigation.



Procedures at the recycling facility will be reviewed by the Los Angeles Port Police, and the US Coast Guard will review their Facility Security Plan for which they have jurisdiction.

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