Dramatic Footage: Bahrain Oil Pipeline Explodes, Bursts Into Giant Flames

An oil pipeline in Bahrain exploded, bursting into a giant fireball, as shown by numerous videos posted on social media. According to the Saudi Gazette, an explosion caused a fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village. It adds that no injuries have been reported, and that civil defense teams are extinguishing the fire.

More from Al-bilad Press (google translated):

A large explosion of one of the oil pipelines near the area of ??Buri overlooking the market Waqif, and evacuate all houses near the scene of the explosion. The Waqif market was completely closed so firefighters could control the fire. The Ministry of the Interior through its official account on the site "Twitter" there is no casualties at the scene. It also announced the cutting off of traffic on the Crown Prince's road towards Hamad City.

The representative of the "country" from the heart of the pipe fire in the village of Buri that a huge fire block devoured a group of cars parked off the village and Souq Waqif.

The delegate added that the civil defense mechanisms rushed to the scene of the incident from the area centered in the village of Damastan and began to block the flames of escalating fire and has been strengthened from the number of other centers.

Residents of the houses adjacent to the fire site were reported to have been evacuated.

Yet, one can't help but wonder just how "quality" these pipelines are if they tend to not only explode on their own but burst in giant flaming fireballs. Of course, the alternative is that the explosion was not accidental, but what some would call a terrorist event, although the government of Bahrain, which houses the Naval Base for the US Fifth Fleet, would probably be the last to admit that is the case.

In light of recent dramatic tremors in the region, and following last week's news that Bahrain's finances are in dire straits, prompting the tiny nation to beg for a bailout from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, an act of terrorism certainly can not be discounted.