LA Terminal Evacuated After Container Explodes
Picture Credit: CBS Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles was evacuated on October 30 after a shipping container exploded at the Evergreen Terminal.
No injuries or damage to property were reported and police say there is no indication that the explosion is linked to terrorism.
According to ABC News and CBS, police have said the explosion was caused by combustion of scrap metal inside the container which caused it to be ripped apart and metal to be thrown hundreds of feet.
Consequently, with no evidence of foul play, it is being investigated as an industrial accident.
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It happened at approximately 6 p.m near the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro area of Los Angeles – and resulted in more than 100 port employees being evacuated.
The port’s other six terminals were unaffected and remained open throughout the explosion and the Bomb Squad’s immediate investigation.
Speaking to ABC News, Los Angeles Port Police Deputy Chief Randy Allen said: There were scrap metals which contain chemicals and other agents that possibly could have led to the explosion, that is why we’re treating it as an industrial accident.
“We have no indication that it is anything other than an industrial accident. These were being exported out of the country. They were not containers which had come in".