Many injured after blast at French nuclear plant

Feb 12, 2017, 00:42

"A fire resulting in a minor explosion broke out in the turbine hall on the conventional island of unit 1 at the Flamanville nuclear power plant", EDF said, in a statement.

EDF said that fire crews had brought the blaze under control by 11am local time.

Mr Marmion said: "It's a significant technical incident but it's not a nuclear accident".

An explosion hit EDF's Flamanville nuclear power plant in Flamanville, northern France, on Thursday, leaving several people injured. Five workers suffered smoke inhalation during the incident, which took place shortly before 10am. Citing Olivier Marmion, Chief of Staff of the prefect, Ouest France says the trouble occurred outside the plant's nuclear zone.

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The Flamanville nuclear power plant, located on the Cotentin Peninsula in La Manche department, houses two pressurised water reactors built in the 1980s.

Although the cause was not yet known, an overheated ventilation system in the engine room appeared to have caght fire and affected a transformer that exploded.

A third reactor at the facility scheduled to be completed in 2018 will be the world's largest. The cause of the fire, in the machine room of the No. 1 reactor, was under investigation.

It said there were no casualties in the incident or "consequences for safety at the plant or for environmental safety".