Moscow-based news website Gazeta reports a powerful explosion has been observed in the Azerbaijani region of the Caspian Sea, known for offshore gas production.
A powerful explosion took place in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. At the moment, there is no official information about the incident. According to local media, the explosion allegedly took place at the Umid gas field. - Gazeta
The incident occurred at 2130 local time, with multiple videos show a large explosion.
JUST IN - Major explosion at the Umid gas field in the Caspian Sea near Baku, Azerbaijan.pic.twitter.com/W6satBoiUL— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 4, 2021
A photo from Russian news agency TASS shows a dramatic picture of the fireball.
A security analyst in Yerevan, Armenia, Neil Hauer, tweeted: "Massive explosion off the coast of Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea. Reportedly occurred in the Umid gas field, Azerbaijan's second-largest."
Aurora Intel said the video from "Umid Gas Platform shows the platform itself is safe and the explosion is off in the sea in her vicinity."
Video form Umid Gas Platform shows the platform itself is safe and the explosion is off in the sea in her vicinity. pic.twitter.com/VdPSYGVWna— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) July 4, 2021
They suggested it may be a tanker that exploded, but it's only speculation at the moment.
*This story is developing, and questions swirl at what caused the massive explosion.