A munitions barge exploded in the Dutch inland port of Utrecht today (Monday), shattering port installations, a dyke and killing two people.
Wreckage of barge; barge stern on quay; damaged vehicles; police; similar barge; damage power station.
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Background: A munitions barge exploded in the Dutch inland port of Utrecht today (Monday), shattering port installations, a dyke and killing two people. At least 18 others were seriously injured and many other slightly.
The explosion is reported to have been caused when a soldier helping to unload the barge dropped a grenade in the hold.
The vessel was torn in two and the stern hurled 80 yards (metres) away, smashing a dyke which in turn buried railway goods wagons standing behind it.
A man fishing nearby said he saw 15 soldiers unloading the cargo of grenades. He said one soldier dropped a grenade into the hold. All the soldiers then made for cover.
A nearby electric power station was put out of action temporarily and thousands of windows damaged over a wide area. Trucks and other vehicles on the quay were also damaged.