Hey, remember when drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010, causing the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history? Of course you do, because it was a humongous news story that went on for months with countless tragic outcomes (starting with the 11 people who died in the explosion). But even though I followed the news when it happened, I have never seen pictures of the disaster that were anywhere near as staggering as these.

The pics were just uploaded by Reddit user joedamadman, but obviously they’re not new. I tracked them down as best I could, and found that this guy posted them on a photography forum in May 2010 (i.e. the month after the disaster), saying that they’d been sent to him by oil workers from the Deepwater Horizon crew:

These pictures were being sent to me by other oilfield workers that wanted to keep me updated…my younger brother was 30 miles away and watching it burn and sink…I was just posting them as I recieved them to allow others to see what an oilfield blowout looks like this was a catastrophic failure and they had about 2 seconds to respond and it takes us that long to even think…it ignited and killed them or took all the oxygen away before they could get out…

I’m not sure if he’s saying that the oil workers who sent him the photos were killed, which is horrifying. And I don’t have photo verification technology, and by GOD these really look like matte paintings don’t they? But I don’t have any reason to believe they’re not legit, beyond “brain cannot cope with this.”

So, you know, if you get in an argument with your Hummer-driving uncle about why we should worry about oil dependency? Here’s how you shut him up. It rendered me speechless, anyway.