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Massive explosion at Tata Steel’s UK plant, locals say huge bang shook houses

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.

“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.

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.

“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)

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