December 4th – media reported that on December 3rd local time, an explosion occurred in a wastewater treatment plant near Bristol, England, killing four people and injuring another.
The local Civil Defense and Rescue Service reportedly released information that an explosion occurred at an wastewater treatment plant in Avonmouth near Bristol. The civil defense department said on social media that fire trucks and helicopters had been dispatched to the scene for rescue.
“We can confirm that there were multiple casualties at the scene,” a spokesperson for the Civil Defense Department said after the explosion. Subsequently, the authorities updated that four people were killed and one injured, and the injury of the injured was not life-threatening.
The explosion was reported to be related to a chemical tank in the sewage treatment plant.
Sean Nolan, who was not far from the scene of the accident, said that he initially thought it was the sound of the collision between two large trucks. He said, “The noise is only about two or three seconds, and then it falls into silence… and there is no smoke or anything.” Another witness said that the “huge explosion” he heard could “shock buildings”.
The report said that the local police had announced a major incident and were investigating the explosion.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also later said on social media that he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the casualties in the explosion.
The explosion of a wastewater treatment plant in the United Kingdom was determined to be a “major event”
According to British media reports, on December 3, an explosion occurred at an wastewater treatment plant in Avonmouth, an industrial area near the southwest British city of Bristol, causing “many casualties”. Police said it was a “major incident”.
According to eyewitness photos, an explosion occurred in a silo of the wastewater treatment plant. According to the police, at the time of the explosion, “some workers” were at the top of the silo.
It is reported that firefighters rushed to the scene of the accident at about 11:20 a.m. on the 3rd after receiving the alarm, and the police and medical staff also arrived at the scene. Evenmouth Fire and Rescue said that although there is no exact number of casualties at present, it is certain that there are “many casualties”.
At present, helicopters are still searching for missing persons at the scene. Police have blocked a road near the explosion site, and the wastewater treatment plant has been closed.