Two people were injured in a massive explosion at a Tata Steel plant in the United Kingdom on Friday. The steel plant is located in Port Talbot, South Wales. Tata Steel in Europe confirmed on Twitter that two of their employees were “slightly injured” in the accident.
“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,” Tata Steel said in a tweet.
The company said the fire has been extinguished and a investigation has been ordered.
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
“There was an incident at the Port Talbot site and there are no major injuries and all persons have been accounted for. All fires at the site are now under control,” said Damien Brook, a spokesman for Tata Steel Europe.
Early this morning, a series of blasts were heard from Tata’s steel plant at the Port Talbot site in South Wales, The Sun reported.
Only two casualties with minor injuries were reported from the site, South Wales Police tweeted.
Latest update to TATA Steelworks incident:
At this time we believe only two casualties with minor injuries
Please avoid the area at this time
Full statement ^CD pic.twitter.com/ohmEKkaCpT
South Wales Police (@swpolice) April 26, 2019
Meanwhile, in a report, BBC said that locals in the area said they heard a “massive” blast.
“Helicopters were circling overhead and South Wales Police said it received ‘numerous calls’ shortly after 03:30 ‘reporting an explosion’,” the BBC said in its report.
I thought another blast furnace went. I hope nobody was hurt. The steel works is the heart of this town, our workers Notre Dame. I can see the fire now. Who will rebuild this? TATA? Who will rebuild our town? We’ve been waiting for years. #PortTalbot pic.twitter.com/27MrSrS2fE
Damian Healy (@DamianHealy) April 26, 2019
“It’s very unusual to hear something of that magnitude,” “Local resident Craig Williams told BBC, adding that “it was just a huge bang”. “The house shook a little. It’s not something we are accustomed too,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.
The Port Talbot site, which dates back to the early 1900s, was acquired by Tata Steel as part of its acquisition of Corus in 2007.
Port Talbot is home to one of the two integrated steel-making sites that the company operates in Europe. The plant produces hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized coil, among other types of steel.
(With inputs from Reuters)