Port Kembla Industrial Site – New South Wales, Australia 2004
A welding mishap caused an explosion in a tank holding 5 million liters of ethanol. The blast blew the lid off the 32m-diameter tank and shook buildings as far as 25km away. It took firefighters 20 hours to extinguish the resulting blaze, which caused estimated losses of USD 8 million. The tank’s owner, Manildra Inc., was fined AUD 160,000 (USD 118,000) while the manager faced penalties of AUD 16,000.