22 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia
Rescue workers inspect the scene of Thursday's blast in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
November 1st, 2012
06:20 AM ET

22 killed in fuel tanker explosion in Saudi Arabia

[Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET] A fuel tanker rammed into a bridge and exploded into a ball of fire Thursday, killing 22 people and sending flames sweeping over the Saudi Arabia capital, state television reported.

In addition to the fatalities, at least 111 others were wounded, according to the report.

The accident occurred at a busy intersection in Riyadh.

It affected an unknown number of cars and left buildings with gaping windows

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  1. Johnston

    Saudi Arabia: absolute monarchy is so 1200's. They still cut off people's heads in town square, oppress women, cut off hands and feet, etc. They financed 9/11 and are responsible for blowing up churches, mosques, etc. all over the world. They are ruining other countries with their Wahhabi/Salafi trash. Assad looks pretty decent, a terror-fighting, humanitarian now thanks to Wahhabi/Salafi hijacking of the Syrian revolution.

    If ANY country in the world needs a regime change it is Saudi Terror Kingdom!

    November 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Samer

    An accident of a fuel Tanker explosion happens, and the comments discusses religions, politics, culture...
    Ignorant people, sorry for the word

    November 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cohiba

    I can say, as a fireman, that when a fuel tanker splits open and burns, it burns very intensly. It doesn't usually explode. Look at the devastation and twisted metal that isn't charred. It looks like an explosion to me.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Msq995

      Actually the gas spread on the top of the building then the gas exploded
      The tanker didnt explode or burn

      November 3, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. JC

    Fiaz: it's time to upgrade your memory stick in your tiny brain from 64Kb to 60GB or more...... grow up we are in the 20th Century

    November 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrienne

      Actually its the 21st century.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HardyMonster

    Oh man, something blew up in the Middle East! SHOCKER....

    November 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen Busby

    This looks worse than the base did after being bombed in Riyahd in the 90's. This looks many times worse and like it had more than just fuel it. I lived in Riyahd in the 90's

    November 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Keep in mind a big splash from a burst tanker hitting the hot pavement would take the gasoline way past its flash point. it is very hot there so the gasoline would evaporate as soon as it hit the pavement creating a huge vapor cloud that would explode big time. Saudi Arabia is not like Minnesota where you can throw a lit match in a can of gasoline and have it go out because it is -15 degrees.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
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