Fires of Kuwait

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Fires of Kuwait takes a breathtaking look inside the massive oil well fires in Kuwait, started by Saddam Hussein’s retreating troops during the Gulf War. A war atrocity unmatched in sheer grandiose destructiveness, this disaster required the help of more than 10,00 firefighters from around the world.

Firefighters had to save the oil resources, as well as reduce air pollution. The different teams developed different techniques of extinguishing the fires. From TNT-shockwaves blowing out the flames to Tank-mounted twin MIG-jet-engines (from Hungary) blasting away the flames (and nearly lifting the tank into the air), man’s emergency creativity can be seen at it’s best.

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