SECTIONS of the Port of Brisbane were shut down tonight after a silo exploded and burst into flames.
The tank containing bitumen in liquid form had overheated, causing the explosion, which is understood to have blown the roof off the silo.
Police quickly shut down Port Drive and set up a large exclusion zone.
Firefighters managed to douse the blaze by 6.45pm but continued to battle hard to cool the silo down to ensure it would not reignite.
Within a couple of hours, all emergency services crews had left the scene. Management continued the cooling down process.
No persons were injured during the explosion, although a firefighter required the attention of paramedics on standby after sustaining a hand injury while fighting the blaze.
The male firefighter was transported to the PA Hospital with a suspected fracture.