BRISTOL, England: A major explosion at a water treatment site near Bristol in England on Thursday caused multiple casualties, and police declared it a major incident.
Emergency services said there was a large explosion at the site in Avonmouth, south-west England, which is believed to have occurred in one of the chemical tanks at Wessex Water’s water recycling center in Bristol.
“We can confirm that there are multiple victims at the site,” a spokeswoman for the Avon Fire and Rescue Service said, adding that the injuries were serious. “It’s very ongoing,” she said.
There were no further details on the victims. Police said a full investigation into the incident will be carried out.
“Officers remain at the scene and likely will be for some time as we work with other agencies to deal with this important incident,” said Chief Inspector Mark Runacres.
“Police investigations into what exactly happened are at a very early stage and are continuing.”
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