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Dubai: Fire onboard ship brought under control at Jebel Ali Port

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A fire caused by an explosion within a container onboard a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; Dubai Media Office said today.

It said no casualties have been reported, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The blaze sent up giant orange flames from a vessel at the Jebel Ali Port, the busiest in the Middle East. Jebel Ali sits on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula and is also the busiest port of call for American warships outside the U.S.

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The combustion unleashed a shock wave through the city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake in neighborhoods as far as 25 kilometers (15 miles) away from the port. Residents filmed from their high-rises as a fiery ball illuminated the night sky. The blast was powerful enough to be seen from space by satellite.

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