MANAMA, Bahrain — Fire raged today at an oil field in southern Kuwait that was ignited by the Iraqi occupiers, oil industry executives said, and "black rain" fell on Iran.
The U.S. military distributed photographs at a military briefing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and said they showed the Wafra oil field in southern Kuwait.
Several wells were ablaze, with smoke clouds rising into the sky, and others appeared to be burned out.
U.S. military officials said Tuesday that Iraq had damaged or destroyed oil wells and storage tanks at the Wafra field, near the Saudi border. The field is in a so-called neutral oil zone shared by Kuwait and Saudia Arabia.
One oil industry executive said today that the fire was spread over one-third of a mile.
Storage tanks at Shuaiba and Mina Abdullah, farther north along the coast, also were set on fire.
The fires heightened fears that the Persian Gulf War could lead to an environmental disaster.
Iran blamed the oil field blazes for a greasy "black rain" that fell today on the nation's Bushehr province, 170 miles east of Kuwait.