NOAA PHOTOS OF STATEN ISLAND GASOLINE BARGE EXPLOSION
February 24, 2003 — A NOAA oil spill expert was dispatched Friday to the scene of a gasoline barge explosion at a Staten Island, N.Y., storage facility. Smoke from the explosion could be seen for miles around the New York City area. (Click NOAA image for larger view of Staten Island burning gasoline barge taken Friday, Feb. 21, 2003. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)
Ed Levine, a scientific support coordinator with the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, flew in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter at around 3:30 p.m. to survey the situation. Levine will be helping with the assessment of the fuel spill.
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