BREAKING: Explosion at nuclear power plant in northern France - local reports

BREAKING: French media reports of an explosion at a nuclear power plant in northern France

The plant under construction in France (Stock photo)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

There has been an explosion at a nuclear power plant in northern France, according to local reports.

Media are reporting that several people have been injured in the incident at the plant in Flamanville, while the authorities have made clear there is "no nuclear risk" to the locals. 

According to the newspaper Ouest France, firefighters were called to a fire resulting from the aftermath of an explosion in the engine room around 10am local time.

Other emergency services soon arrived to deal with a possible situation.

The plant is managed by EDF, who will be building the nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point. 

They said in a statement: "At 9.40 this morning, a fire resulting in a minor explosion broke out in the turbine hall on the non-nuclear part of unit one at the Flamanville nuclear power plant.

"The fire was immediately brought under control by the plant's response team. 

"As per normal procedure, the fire brigade went to the affected location and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished.

"Unit one was disconnected from the grid. There were no casualties and no consequences for safety at the plant or for environmental safety."