Morehead City Nc
January 12, 2010 by USA Post
Morehead City Nc:MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – Officials shut down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area Tuesday after nine containers with highly explosive materials were punctured.
Morehead City Police Chief Wes Lail told WTVD that the chemical involved is pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a powerful explosive.
Authorities did not immediately say how big the containers were or how they were damaged.
Police told people near the port to stay away from windows and doors. Officers were sent downtown to knock on doors and relay alert and evacuation recommendations.
Morehead City police spokeswoman Amy H. Thompson said people close to the port were leaving, but she did not know how many.
The Morehead port is one of the deepest on the East coast. Its Web site says its top import last year was sulfur products and the top export was phosphate.
Locals said there was no sense of panic. Drew Hall, who answered the phone at Crystal Coast Jamboree, a concert hall near the port, said she could see police lights.
“Everybody is going about their business,” said Hall, 27 who has lived in Morehead City her whole life and does not remember a similar incident. “Why get nervous? Things happen. You can’t freak out in times like this. If you freak out, you’re going to go down.”
Calls to Mayor Jerry Jones were not returned. The coastal town has about 8,800 residents.
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