A petrol tanker exploded this morning in Tripoli. The cause of the explosion hasn’t been confirmed. Some reports say that it was just a traffic accident.
The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont says the following:
“The people there said there had been an accident, it wasn’t clear what kind of accident it was. There seemed to be another plume of smoke which we went off and chased. We couldn’t find it but the people we spoke to said there has been a gasoline accident or nothing at all…
If you want to take the more dramatic explanation, rather than the official explanation that it was an accident, what’s happening today about 1km from where the tanker was on fire is the general people’s congress, and there’s some expectation that Muammar Gaddafi may appear at that today.
It may just be that the tanker was set on fire to say ‘Look, life isn’t as normal as the regime is trying to tell people.'”
Read it on the Guardian’s live blog here