Surat Residents Mistake Blasts At ONGC Plant For A 3 AM Sunrise, See Visuals

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At around 3 am this morning, the residents of Surat, Gujarat, were perplexed to see what seemed like a bright orange sunrise much earlier than usual. They later realized that the cause of the light was actually a fire that broke out at an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) gas processing plant.

According to NDTV, locals heard the blasts as far as 10 km with some mistaking it for an earthquake. Twitter users shared visuals of what they initially thought was beautiful but turned out to be quite scary.

The Indian Express quoted Surat district collector Dr. Dhaval Patel saying,

“The incident took place at ONGC Hazira plant where a vapour cloud of hydrocarbon was sighted. A fire broke out at 3.05 am after three consecutive blasts. Several fire tenders are at the spot and are trying to bring the blaze under control. The fire took place in the gas terminal plant and the technical activity to reduce the air pressure has been carried out by the ONGC officials. Slowly, the fire is being brought under control. There is no need to shift the people in the area. No casualties have been so far reported.”

ONGC has tweeted saying that the fire has been brought under control and there are no injuries or casualties in the incident.

Earlier, we witnessed a terrible gas leak in Vizag and an oil well that caught fire in Assam. 2020 really has no mercy.

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