Explosion at a nuclear plant in France

Published: February 9, 2017
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A report in Ouest France newspaper said there may be some injuries. M6 radio said five people were slightly injured. PHOTO: REUTERS

A report in Ouest France newspaper said there may be some injuries. M6 radio said five people were slightly injured. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: An explosion occurred at French utility EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant on Thursday but there was no associated nuclear risk, a local government official said on Thursday.

A report in Ouest France newspaper said there may be some injuries. M6 radio said five people were slightly injured.

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Officials at the state-backed company’s Paris headquarters had no immediate comment and local officials at the plant in western France could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors, 1,300 MW each, were build in the 1980s. A new reactor is being built at the site but the explosion did not take place there, a spokeswoman said.

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The nuclear safety authority ASN said it had no information and could not immediately comment.

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