On a warm and sunny saturday almost eight years ago, May 13th, 2000, a large part of the Roombeek area, just outside the city centre of Enschede, was destroyed after the explosion of the S.E. Fireworks factory. In this tragic accident, 23 people were killed, about 950 people wounded and more than 400 houses were burned and devastated. The remains of what was once a typical 'workers' area looked like if it were bombed. Under the victims were 4 fire workers, who could not escape when the bunkers they were standing upon exploded. A tragic accident which left many citizens, especially from the nearby areas, shocked and traumatised for years, and gained worldwide attention.
On YouTube you can find a tribute containing live footage of the disaster by Dutch camera man Danny de Vries. He was on location filming for TV Oost and shot the last 15 minutes till the final, big explosion.
Nowadays, Roombeek is a prestigious city development project. The whole area is being rebuilt and developed under the supervision of Dutch architect Pi de Bruijn. Roombeek is divided by two long central axes, the Lonnekerspoorlaan and the Roomweg, which we see here to the right of the water, the newly restored 'Roombeek'.
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Photo taken in Roombeek-Roomveldje, Enschede, Netherlands
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