Eight injured in explosion at factory in south west France

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Eight injured in explosion at factory in south west France

At least eight people have been injured - some seriously - in an explosion and fire at a factory in Dordogne, south west France.


The explosion happened in the early afternoon of Wednesday in a factory in Bergerac, Dordogne, which is classified as a Seveso site, meaning that it handles hazardous material.

Local authorities are asking people to avoid the area. The fire which broke out after the explosion is now under control.


Five ambulances arrived on site, two helicopters and about fifty firefighters, while the local hospital triggered its emergency plan to deal with the wounded. It is understood that of the eight people injured in the explosion, only one is in a serious condition.

According to local media the factory produces nitrocellulose for ammunition on a site classified as Seveso "high threshold" for fire and toxic products.

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By Wednesday evening the situation was "under control", according to Eurenco, a leading European manufacturer of propellants and explosives for the military that took over the Manuco factory last year.

In a statement, the company added that there was no impact from the blast on the area surrounding the site.

Local official Jean-Charles Jobart said the building where the explosion happened contained around two tonnes of nitrocellulose.

Around 40 people were present in the factory at the time.


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