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UPDATED Caught on video: Explosion at fuel storage facility sends firefighters & everyone else running.

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There is a time to stay and a time to run and get everyone to run with you. Firefighters outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil came face to face with one of those time to run moments yesterday.

There is raw video above from the ground and two versions of news chopper video below. The first appears to be before the explosion caught nearby structures on fire and the second captures the explosion. Below are comparison images from the two videos.


A massive fire broke out Thursday at a fuel depot on the northern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, sending bright orange flames leaping high into the air and thick black smoking rolling upward and enveloping the area.

Firefighters said in an emailed statement that no injuries had been reported yet. They evacuated a two-block area around the blaze. There was no word on a possible cause.

About an hour after the fire broke out, it began to spread from the six fuel storage tanks that initially caught fire. Residents of the area told Globo TV that they heard loud explosions before the blaze started.

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