FBI says blast at Puerto Rico fuel stor­age site was ac­ci­dent, caused by vapour leak

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - World -

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The FBI says there’s no ev­i­dence of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing in last week’s ex­plo­sion at a Puerto Rico fuel de­pot.

The FBI spe­cial-agent-in-charge in the is­land said a vapour leak caused the blast at the Caribbean Petroleum Corp. fa­cil­ity near San Juan.

Luis Frat­i­celli said more than 240 in­ves­ti­ga­tors looked into the ex­plo­sion. He told re­porters Fri­day there is no ev­i­dence it was in­ten­tional.

The ex­plo­sion shat­tered win­dows and sent tremors across San Juan. The fire burned for 2 1/2 days and de­stroyed 21 of the de­pot’s 40 tanks.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple were evac­u­ated from their homes but there were no deaths.

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