At least one person has been killed and another has suffered serious injuries, after an explosion rocked the Chemring Countermeasures plant in Salisbury, located some three miles from the MoD’s notorious Porton Down lab.
Six fire crews were immediately sent to the scene to battle the blaze which erupted following the blast that happened at about 17:00 local time. While the fire department managed to put out the blaze, rescuers discovered one person dead at the scene. Another individual was rushed to a hospital in serious condition, Wiltshire police has confirmed.
No risk is posed to the public as a result of the incident, authorities emphasized, noting that they have launched an investigation into the causes of the blast.
The Chemring Countermeasures is used to manufacture various parts and components for the military. The firm is the “UK MoD’s design authority for all air IR decoys and chaff products, and the Eurofighter design authority for the Typhoon chaff and flare decoys,” the factory says on its web page.
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