dubai explosion

Locals said the blast shook windows (Picture: Twitter)

A huge explosion rocked Dubai tonight after a fire tore through a container ship at the biggest port in the Middle East.

Locals said the blast shook windows, with a fireball seen shooting into the sky.

The media office for Dubai said in a tweet: ‘A fire has been reported to have broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port. A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze.’

An update later read: ‘A fire caused by an explosion within a container on board a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no causalities have been reported.’

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