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Italy port explosion kills two

28 March 2018

Two people were killed on March 28 when a product tank exploded at the Neri terminal in Livorno, one of Italy’s biggest passenger and commercial ports. The two had been carrying out maintenance on the storage tank when the blast occurred, a port authority official said.

Livorno port - Image: Neri Srl
Livorno port - Image: Neri Srl

Photographs posted online showed a large metal tank partially crumpled and leaning sideways. It had contained ethyl acetate, a combustible liquid, La Repubblica newspaper’s web site said.
No fire was reported and commercial and passenger services in Livorno were not likely to be affected, the port authority official said.

The Local said they were employees of local environmental services company Labromare, one aged 52 and the other 25.

One victim died instantly, while the other was still alive when emergency services arrived but could not be resuscitated, La Repubblica said.

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