What is happening: On Tuesday evening, a 40-foot container exploded at the Port of Los Angeles, inside the Evergreen Terminal.
Why did this happen: A combustible material ignited, causing the explosion.
Injuries: The port was swiftly evacuated and there were no injuries.
Recycling plant: The container came from a local recycling facility with 11 other containers. The remaining ten were searched and seemed safe.
Regulations: Federal regulations have concentrated on scanning containers for dangerous content sent into US ports intentionally but it remains unevenly applied at ports.
What did the port statement say: “The involved container was not marked as containing hazardous materials and the manifest indicated clean scrap iron or heavy melting scrap only. Procedures at the recycling facility will be reviewed by the Los Angeles Port Police, and the US Coast Guard will review their Facility Security Plan for which they have jurisdiction.”