This handout picture provided by the Government of Dubai Media Office on July 8, 2021, shows civil defence firefighters at the scene of a blaze that broke out at Dubai's main port of Jebel Ali following an explosion. At least three residents in the area of the blast, the cause of which remains unknown, reported windows and doors in their homes were shaken as a result of the incident. The fire was caused by
This handout picture provided by the Government of Dubai Media Office on July 8, 2021, shows civil defence firefighters at the scene of a blaze that broke out at Dubai's main port of Jebel Ali following an explosion. At least three residents in the area of the blast, the cause of which remains unknown, reported windows and doors in their homes were shaken as a result of the incident. The fire was caused by "an explosion within a container on board a ship" the Dubai Media Office wrote on Twitter. The vessel had been preparing to dock, the office added in an another post. GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI MEDIA OFFICE / AFP PHOTO


ABU DHABI:
A fire that broke out on a container ship in Dubai's main port following an explosion has been bought under control with no casualties reported, the emirate's media office said on Thursday.

At least three residents in the area of the blast, the cause of which remains unknown, reported windows and doors in their homes were shaken as a result of the incident.

"A fire caused by an explosion within a container on board a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no casualties have been reported," the Dubai Media Office wrote on Twitter. The vessel had been preparing to dock, the office added in another post.

The post was accompanied by video of firefighters tackling the blaze on a large vessel stacked with containers, identical except for their logos, as the flames scattered detritus over the quayside.

Dubai police said three of the 130 containers on the ship held flammable materials and that there were 14 crew on board. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondent at the scene said there was a helicopter circling overhead as smoke rose from the tightly secured facility.

The port is capable of handling aircraft carriers and was the US Navy's busiest port of call outside the United States in 2017, according to the US Congressional Research Service.

The port authority said it was "taking all necessary measures to ensure the normal movement of ships in the port continues without any disruption," according to the Dubai Media Office. Such events are a rarity in the ultra-secure Gulf emirate, one of seven which make up the wealthy United Arab Emirates.

"I was outside on my balcony. My friend saw something yellow coming (like) the sun. I took the picture and after (there was) a sound," said intern Clemence Lefaix, who is staying near the blast site and posted a photo of a bright orange light against the night sky in front of apartment buildings.

A resident of Dubai's Marina district, close to the Jebel Ali port, told AFP they "saw the windows shaking."