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Cardiff steelworks explosion: Victims' bodies recovered

Police at the scene after the explosion Credit: Rupert Evelyn / ITV News

The bodies of two men who died in an explosion at Cardiff's Celsa steelworks have been recovered.

Formal identification of the bodies is under way but police have confirmed that factory workers Peter O'Brien and Mark Sim have been unaccounted for since Wednesday's blast.

The cause of the explosion, initially thought to be an industrial accident, has not et been established.


PM send condolences after Cardiff steelworks blast

Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted that his thoughts are with those affected by the explosion at a steelworks in Cardiff.

Celsa Steel have confirmed two workers were killed in the blast at Celsa Manufacturing on East Moors Road in the Splott area and four had sustained minor injuries.

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Two people confirmed dead after steelworks explosion

Two people have died after an explosion at the Celsa steelworks in Cardiff on Wednesday morning.

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It happened at 10.30am in the Splott area of Cardiff.

Those nearby described hearing an explosion.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that two colleagues have passed away and four have sustained minor injuries.Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected and their families, who have been informed. Our utmost priority is to support all of those involved, and we are in close contact with the University Hospital of Wales, where the injured are being cared for.As soon as the incident occurred, we immediately implemented our emergency protocols and we are working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the exact causes.

Operations have been suspended and the fire services have confirmed that the Mill is safe.Safety is our paramount concern at all of our facilities and the wellbeing of our colleagues is our number one priority.We wish to thank the emergency services for their rapid response and support.

– Spokesperson, Celsa Steel UK
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Two people missing after Cardiff explosion

Two people are missing after an explosion at the Celsa steelworks in Cardiff.

A further five people were injured in the incident on Wednesday at the plant on East Moors Road.

Police at Celsa site. Credit: ITV News

One was treated and discharged at the scene; the other four were taken to the University Hospital of Wales.

Their condition is not yet known.

Emergency crews said the incident is contained to the site, which is currently being searched.

Police, fire and ambulance crews are at the scene. The Health and Safety Executive is also on site.

A fire at the steelworks has been extinguished and a multi-agency operation is on-going to locate two people who are currently unaccounted for.

– Spokesperson, South Wales Police

'Five injuries' after Steelworks explosion

Police at the scene Credit: Rupert Evelyn / ITV News

Five people appear to have been injured after an explosion at a steelworks in Wales.

The explosion, understood to be an industrial accident, happened at the Celsa steelworks in Tremorfa on Wednesday morning.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said it's dealing with five potential casualties after the incident.


'Explosion' at Wales steelworks leaves several injured

The plant is thought to employ around 500 staff.

A reported explosion at a steelworks in Wales is understood to have left several workers injured.

Emergency services were called to Celsa Manufacturing on East Moors Road in Splott at 10.30am. The site has been evacuated and seven fire engines are at the the scene, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said.

The plant is thought to employ around 500 staff.

Following reports of an explosion at 10.30am this morning, South Wales Police is currently in attendance at the scene of an industrial incident in the steelworks on East Moors Road.

– South Wales Police

The Welsh Ambulance service also attended the scene.

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Witness said 'whole building shook' in Cardiff 'explosion'

Witnesses have described the terrifying moment the "whole building shook" in what is believed to be an explosion at the steelworks.

Fire crews and ambulances are continuing to arrive at the Celsa steelworks plant in Cardiff.

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James Burniston was at the scene and said he heard a "huge bang".

We were inside the office, and heard huge bang. The whole building shook. I came outside and we saw smoke billowing into the sky.

– James Burniston

The area has been evacuated by emergency services.

Thousands left without power after Storm Barney

Storm damage affects train services in the West Midlands Credit: Network Rail

Thousands of homes have been left without power and rail passengers are facing lengthy delays after Storm Barney battered the UK over night.

In the West Midlands, 2,500 homes lost their electricity supply, according to Western Power Distribution, and Welsh residents have also been badly affected.

In North and Mid Wales, about 6,000 homes were left without power when the gale-force winds hit.

homes lost their power in the West Midlands and Wales

Scottish Power said its engineers worked hard throughout the night to tackle the problem, with just 150 customers waiting to be reconnected on Wednesday morning.

Rail services were hit by trees blown on to lines and overhead power cables, affecting several services in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Bedford and London, according to National Rail.

The highest winds were recorded on Tuesday at 83mph in coastal areas of North Wales, while gusts of 66mph registered in the villages of Weybourne in Norfolk and Wittering, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.

A tree falls and blocks a road in Rugby Credit: Samantha Nock

The second storm to bear a human name, coming hot on the heels of Storm Abigail, brought gusts strong enough to fell a metal advertising tower at The Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham, although nobody was hurt.

A fallen tree near Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire caused delays of around an hour on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, with buses being laid on instead.

London Midland said fallen trees had halted all its rush-hour services between Lichfield in Staffordshire, Coseley in the West Midlands, and Birmingham.

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