Man killed in explosion at UK military plant

Article by Adam Duckett

ONE man has been killed and another seriously injured in an explosion at a military hardware plant near Salisbury, UK.

The incident occurred at around 17:00 on 10 August at a facility run by Chemring Countermeasures that manufactures military flares. Wiltshire Police have confirmed that a 29- year old man died in the explosion. A second man aged 26 was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

"We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive on this investigation to determine the cause of the explosion,” said detective inspector Simon Pope. Six fire crews attended the incident at the plant in Netton.

"We would like to reassure the public that this incident was contained as soon as possible and there is no risk to those living in the local area.”

Chemring Countermeasures reported yesterday that the incident has damaged the plant and production has been suspended.

Article by Adam Duckett

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