Queensland, August 1987

Boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion (BLEVE), Cairns, 1987

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1 Fatalities
27 Injured

On Monday 17th August 1987, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage unit caught fire and subsequently created a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion (BLEVE) at a Cairns gas terminal. The LPG unit was carrying approximately 40000 litres of LPG when it collapsed in the immense heat, creating a fireball that killed one person and injured 27, including three firefighters.



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