Casualties stand at four dead and one injured after a massive explosion Thursday at a water recycling center in southwest England.
Emergency services were responded at approximately 11.20 a.m. to a large explosion involving one of the chemical tanks at Wessex Water in Avonmouth, police report.
The dead include three employees of Wessex Water and one contractor.
Chief Inspector Mark Runacres with the Avon and Somerset Police told the press that a fifth person was also injured but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
“A thorough investigation will be carried out into what happened today, involving a number of agencies and the health and safety executive in due course,” Runacres said.
No ongoing threat to the public has been reported. However, police urged the public to avoid the area if possible.
Wessex Water Chief Executive Colin Skellett said the company would be working with UK’s Health and Safety Executive to determine the cause of the blast.
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