EMERGENCY SERVICES are at the scene of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales after a ‘huge explosion’ was reported this morning (Friday).
Witnesses living nearby have described how their entire homes shook.
Big explosion at Tata Steal in Port Talbot in South Wales.
we received numerous call at around 3:35am reporting an explosion" at the Tata Steelworks. There is two casualties with minor injuries: South Wales Police#tatasteel #accident #Alert #fire #Explosion @RNTata2000 pic.twitter.com/Qfz4jiSbaI
— Shubham Choudhary (@shub_lakku) April 26, 2019
South Wales Police has confirmed that they currently in attendance with emergency service colleagues from fire and rescue and the ambulance service.
They say: “The incident is ongoing at the moment and emergency services are at the scene investigating.
“We received numerous calls at around 3.35am reporting an explosion.
“We are asking people to avoid this area at this time.
“At this time we believe there are just two casualties with minor injuries.”
All staff accounted for
No need for concerns re hazardous effects from the smoke from the fire
Motorway remains open
Full statement ⬇️ ^CD pic.twitter.com/97DOjOYoPl
— South Wales Police (@swpolice) April 26, 2019
Tata Steel Europe have Tweeted: “We can confirm two of our employees were slightly injured when there was a spillage of liquid iron while it was travelling to the steel plant. All fires have now been extinguished. A full investigation has begun.
We can confirm two of our employees were slightly injured when there was a spillage of liquid iron while it was travelling to the steel plant. All fires have now been extinguished. A full investigation has begun.
— Tata Steel in Europe (@TataSteelEurope) April 26, 2019
0400 Attended large series of explosions at @TataSteelEurope #PortTalbot. Tata has now confirmed there are no serious injuries and all employees have been accounted for. All fires now under control. Excellent multi agency response from @swpolice @SWFireandRescue @SWPPortTalbot
— NPAS St Athan (@NPAS_StAthan) April 26, 2019
On Scene here in Port Talbot. Fire at Tata Steel Works has now been extinguished. Police here tell me all staff are accounted for, 2 being treated for minor injury, no concerns re hazardous effects from the smoke from the fire and M4 Motorway remains open. #porttalbot pic.twitter.com/4Kq82ZYjVE
— Vishal Gadara (@VishalGadaraCC) April 26, 2019