Friday, June 17, 2011

Explosion at Falmouth Docks

No One Hurt
Shipping News Feature

UK – Falmouth Docks in Cornwall is reported to have experienced explosions caused by a large fire setting light to thirty and forty gas cylinders in what is being described as a “major incident” by fire fighters.

A quarter mile exclusion zone has been placed around the affected area by local police and residents of the town are being advised to stay indoors with their doors and windows closed. Forty fire fighters are reported at the scene with a number of appliances.

Speaking to the Handy Shipping Guide a spokeswoman for A&P Group, who manage a major ship repair facility at the docks, confirmed that no one has been hurt in the fire or blasts.

In a statement the company said: "At 0810 this morning (Friday, June 17 2011) there was an incident at Falmouth Docks involving an acetylene bottle bank. A full evacuation of the yard took place and there were no injuries. Police and the fire brigade are on the scene, and a full investigation will take place."