Explosion, fire on container ship rattle Dubai port

July 7 (UPI) -- A container ship docked at Dubai's Jebel Ali port caught on fire Wednesday after an explosion that could be felt throughout the United Arab Emirates capital, local officials said.

A city official said the explosion happened in a container that was carrying flammable materials.


The Dubai Media Office said the Dubai Civil Defense team brought the fire under control within minutes of the explosion. There were no reports of casualties.

Residents in the city told Arab News they heard the explosion and felt their windows rattle. A worker at the port told the outlet the blast made his ears ring and the area filled with smoke.

CNN workers told the news channel they felt buildings shake about 10 miles away from the port.

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