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THIRTY-ONE shipping containers of ammonium nitrate fell off a ship in stormy seas off Australia early yesterday, damaging the ship's hull and leaking up to 30 tons of oil into the ocean.

The containers held 694 tons of fertilizer - which can be used to make explosives, said Captain John Watkinson, the general manager of Maritime Safety in Queensland state. He said the risk of an explosion was low.


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