Thursday, June 01, 2006

UK - Chemical explosion - residents locked down

A series of large explosions have struck an ICI chemical plant in the north of England. Eyewitnesses have described seeing a cloud of green gas following the explosion and an orange glow in the sky after the explosions which occured at around 0:15 BST [23:15 GMT]. Sky News showed the first picture at 01:27 BST. One witness speaking to the UK news station said that residents had been asked to remain indoors due to the risk of a toxic cloud and that he himself had seen "a red cloud" but had seen no flames. No casualties have yet been reported. The plant is said to be an ammonia plant. Posted by Picasa

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