In a 3,000 m² vinegar factory, a 150 m³ tank containing 40 m³ of alcohol vinegar exploded at around 9:40 a.m. while undergoing welding work. The tank, measuring 13 m in height and 4 m in diameter, was projected like a missile. It flew through the roof and landed 80 m from the building, on the Nîmes-Grau du Roi railway line. The emergency rescue services took 2 injured employees to the hospital, one of whom had been badly burned. Rail traffic was interrupted. The spilt alcohol was collected in the holding tank. The building adjoining the [...]
A pneumatic explosion occurred at about 4 p.m. in a pyrotechnic factory specialising in the manufacture of nitrocellulose-based hunting and sport shooting gunpowder. The event took place when an intake pipe was being sawn (vertical, 80 mm diameter stainless steel tube) in the extraction room of a production building. At the time of the accident, the site had been shut down for its annual technical inspection, a period used to conduct maintenance work after the workshops and installations have been cleaned. A scheduled technical intervention c [...]
A storm surge coinciding with high tides raised the level of the Humber Estuary. The water flooded the gates of the port and filled the port to overflowing. A Seveso-classified chemical and hydrocarbon storage terminal was under 1 m of water. Following the weather alerts, the site shut down its operations and isolated its electrical power supplies. The terminal's non-essential employees were evacuated; the rest were moved to the safety of the upper floors of the operations building.
The walls surrounding the retention tanks were not flooded and [...]