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Multiple casualties in large explosion near Bristol

Written by on 03/12/2020

There have been multiple casualties following a large explosion at a warehouse in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

South Western Ambulance Service said it was responding to a “serious incident”.

Fire crews were called at 11.22am and confirmed there have been multiple casualties following a “large explosion”.

The scene following reports of an explosion in Avonmouth, near Bristol. Pic: Jawad Burhan
Image: What looked like smoke was pictured at the scene. Pic: Jawad Burhan

A statement from Avon Fire and Rescue said: “We have been called to a large explosion at 11.22am in a warehouse in Avonmouth on Kings Weston Lane.

“Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Yate, Patchway, Kingswood and Temple are currently attending. We can confirm there are multiple casualties on site.

“We are joined by Avon and Somerset Police and the ambulance service on site.

“The incident is ongoing.”

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The scene following reports of an explosion in Avonmouth, near Bristol. Pic: Jawad Burhan
Image: A search is apparently underway for missing people. Pic: Jawad Burhan

Photos from the scene showed police cars, fire trucks and a helicopter in attendance.

One picture appears to show a damaged tank.

Another shows what looks like smoke rising from behind a mound.

The scene following reports of an explosion in Avonmouth, near Bristol. Pic: Jawad Burhan
Image: Police at the scene of the explosion. Pic: Jawad Burhan

Witness Jawad Burhan said he had seen a helicopter “looking for missing people” and that police had shut a road near to the tank which he believed to be part of a waste centre.

He said: “I heard the sound, I’m working beside the building in another warehouse. After ten minutes I saw the helicopter coming and the police.”

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