An oil spill along Moscow’s Moskva River caught fire Wednesday, sending flames and a towering plume of black smoke into the air. The fire allegedly started when a patch of grass along the river caught fire and then, in turn, ignited the oil slick.

The incident occurred where the Ring Oil Products Pipeline transports jet kerosene, gasoline and diesel to and from the Moscow Refinery. While those materials would certainly explain the flames, a statement from the state-owned oil pipeline company Transneft said: “The circumstances have been investigated. No pressure drop had been recorded in the pipeline before an oil spill emerged. No oil product pipeline damage was discovered in the ROPP preliminary inspection.” Read more…

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Burning Moscow river shoots thick plume of black smoke high into the air