One Dead In Salisbury Explosion

11 August 2018, 09:21 | Updated: 11 August 2018, 09:23

Chemring Countermeasures facility

One person has died and another has been seriously hurt after an explosion in Salisbury.

It happened at the Chemring Countermeasures facility just after 5pm on Friday in a flare manufacturing building.

The firm produces flares and decoys to protect military and civilian air and sea platforms.

Wiltshire Police say there is no risk to the public and they are now investigating the explosion with health and safety officers.

A police spokesman said: "The ambulance service contacted Wiltshire Police and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service just after 5pm today following reports of an explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures plant on High Post Road, Netton.

"Six fire crews were in attendance. Two were from Salisbury and the rest from Andover, Fordingbridge, Pewsey and Cranbourne and were supported by the incident command vehicle from Devizes.

"An initial fire on site has been extinguished. We have two casualties that have been identified.

"One of them sadly died at the scene and the other has been taken to hospital in a critical condition."

"The incident has been contained and there is no risk to people in the local area.

"Wiltshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive will now be leading the investigation into the cause of the incident."

The firm's business director, Andy Hogben, said in a statement: "Chemring Group PLC confirms that at approximately 5pm on Friday August 10 an incident occurred in a flare manufacturing building at the Chemring Countermeasures factory near Salisbury.

"There has been one fatality and one employee is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

"The site was immediately evacuated and the incident brought under control. The emergency services are in attendance.

"Chemring has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. The thoughts and support of Chemring Group are with the families at this time."