Accident: Enschede Fireworks Disaster
|born on||13 May 2000 at 15:34 (= 3:34 PM )|
|Place||Enschede, Netherlands, 52n13, 6e54|
|Timezone||MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||23°05' 27°19 Asc. 24°25'|
The Enschede fireworks disaster (known in the Netherlands as the Vuurwerkramp meaning "fireworks disaster") was a catastrophic fireworks explosion occurring at the SE Fireworks depot on 13 May 2000, in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede.
The fire led to an enormous explosion which killed 23 people including four firefighters, and injured 947. 400 homes were destroyed and 1500 buildings damaged. The first explosion had a strength in the order of 800 kg TNT equivalence, while the strength of the final explosion was within the range of 4000–5000 kg TNT. The biggest blast was felt up to 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the scene.
SE Fireworks was a major importer of fireworks from China and supplier to pop concerts and major festive events in the Netherlands.
The cause of the fire has never been officially verified. One possibility was arson, with several arrests being made by the Dutch police but the fire department stated that accidental ignition via an electrical short circuit could not be totally ruled out.
The Dutch Wikipedia gives the time line with the fire starting at 15:01:46 and the first big explosion at 15:34:40 succeeded by the second one at 15:35:46.
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