Piper Alpha platform on fire
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Piper Alpha: 'Smoke was everywhere'

On 6 July 1988 an explosion on the Piper Alpha oil and gas rig in the North Sea led to a fire which killed 167 men.

The fire broke out just before 22:00 BST and by midnight the rig had blown up and fallen into the sea.

Here some of the survivors tell their story.

  • 06 Jul 2013
  • From the section UK