River fire from underwater pipeline

An oil spill in Moscow’s river Moskva caught fire on 12 August, sending black smoke across the city, and a few injured people to hospital.

The underwater pipeline – which transports oil to the local Moscow refinery – allegedly burst and is said to have been the cause of the fire.

However, officials have disclosed that the river was set alight after a nearby grass fire reached the oil in the river, having leaked from the pipeline.

Edited from various sources Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Mashable, by Stephanie Roker

Published on 17/08/2015

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