Apex Chemical Fire – Up Late Last Night

Apex Chemicial FireWell, it’s not often that the area I live near makes the national headline news. Apex, North Carolina had a dangerous chemical fire last night at a plant which handles hazardous materials. The fire raged uncontrolled because firefighters could not get close due to the hazardous fumes. There were apparently barrels of chemicals which exploded in a series of noxious gas spewing bursts. It spread to other nearby industrial buildings which had some fuel tanks which exploded as well. You can see the small street of industrial buildings is right next to a residential community. About 15,000 residents were evacuated from Apex because of the fire. I was up late watching the news which is why I was a couple of hours late writing in the blog today. I was pleased to see our local news WRAL-TV used Google Earth to show the location of the fire, and they have a link to it in Google Maps on their site as well.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. From looking at the photo on wral.com, it’s probably the last building on the north east of this little road. Even the truck at the blue building was in the same position when GE’s map image was taken.
    May be useless nitpicking here, but if we demand for sub-meter resolution in the maps…. 😉

  2. Being involved in the training industry for hazardous material handling, these kind of stories always concern me. Especially, for the first responders that probably have not been trained in how to deal with these situations.

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