Empty Gas Barge Exploded in Mobile Bay: 3 in critical condition

By Accidents

According to the information from 8th District of the USCG Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders obtained the first alert at 8:40 pm. on 24th of April, 2013 reporting barge explosion in the place between the George Wallace Tunnel and the Bankhead Tunnel in Mobile Bay.
There was reported a 2nd explosion at 9:10 pm. Three burn-related injuries have been reported - 3 people in critical conditions. The USCG Cutter Stingray, USCG Station Dauphin Island, Ala., 25-foot and 45-foot response vessel crews, and additional federal, state and local agencies have responded to the accident.
The exploded barge was an empty compressed natural gas barge, which was at the dock for cleaning. A 1 nautical mile safety zone has been set around the barge.
The USCG is currently investigating the cause of the accident.