Film documents oil well blaze in Gulf War

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 April, 1994, 12:00am

IN the aftermath of the Gulf War in 1991, Iraqi troops, under the order of Saddam Hussein, detonated almost 700 oil wells in Kuwait, setting aflame 607.

Teams of firefighters all over the world were drawn to the scene, bravely battled and won a victory over the worst man-made inferno on earth.

The film Fires of Kuwait , now screening at the Hong Kong Space Museum, documents this international drama.

It takes viewers to the very centre of the blazing fields of fire, where five million barrels of crude oil burned daily, emitting massive black clouds of smoke that completely blotted out the sun.

The film is screened at 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm daily except Tuesdays when the museum is closed, with additional shows at 1.30 pm on Saturdays and at 11.30 pm and 1.30 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets at $26 and $13 (students and senior citizens) are available at the museum box office and Urbtix outlets.


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