The disctrict government of North Tallinn sees nothing wrong in allowing developers to build new apartment houses in areas in Kopli peninsula that are marked as high-risk areas, writes Eesti Päevaleht.
The city has approved plans that allows to build 527 apartments and 38 single-family homes in the area, totalling more than 48,000 new residents. Some of these new residential areas are labelled as especially dangerous in the risk assessment.
The main risk comes from Estonia's largest ship repair and ship building company BLRT Group that has large shipyards in the area and stores and handles, among others, large stockpiles of ammonium nitrate which can be a major fire risk and may also detonate.
Among others, ammonium nitrate was suspected as the explosive responsible for the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas USA on April 17, 2013. It exploded following a fire that began in the plant's office. At least 15 people were killed, more than 160 were injured and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Investigators have confirmed that ammonium nitrate was the trigger for the explosion, but the cause of the initial fire is as yet unknown.