Mobile Fire and Rescue Department: More explosions a concern

Mobile, Alaabama - UPDATE: 10:07 p.m. - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said Mobile Fire-Rescue will let the fire burn out on its own to prevent further injuries.

9:50 p.m. - A fourth explosion just occurred around 9:50 p.m. in a fuel barge fire on the east side of the Mobile River.

The Mobile Fire and Rescue Department said three were injured when two barges previously loaded with liquid natural gas exploded and caught fire. Officials said units are on the scene on the east side of Mobile River.

Lt. Mike Clawson said two natural gas barges exploded, the first occurring around 8:30 p.m. at 200 Dunlap Drive, near Austal.

It happened between the Bankhead Tunnel and the waterways - not near the Carnival Triumph.

The general manager of Ft. Conde Inn, Alan Waugh, saw and heard the explosion when it happened.

"We were up on a second floor balcony and the sky lit up in orange and yellow. My partner was on one end of the balcony and I was on the other. And you thought it was the Carnival cruise ship first, but then you realized it was a little further from the ship. It sounded like planes above you dropping bombs when it first went off."

He said they could feel the rumble, as well as the heat, from the explosion.

Another group was checking out the scene behind a concrete wall when the second explosion happened. They said they could feel the heat coming from the area.

City Council Member William Carroll said about 30 seconds after the first explosion, his phone started ringing off the hook.

He said he had been told the explosion was sparked by static charges.

He said he hopes everyone involved is okay.

During FOX10's live interview with Carroll, another explosion occurred.

"It's always frightening to have something like that happens to you or around you," Carroll said just seconds later.

The conditions of those injured are unknown at this time.

Members of the Coast Guard are on the scene investigation the cause, which is unknown at this time.