Investigation continues into Carlsberg ammonia leak

An investigation continues at Carlsberg in Northampton which was the site of an ammonia leak yesterday.

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Carlsberg leak: "you couldn't take a single breath, it was strong and suffocating"

Carlsberg site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after a man in his 40s died following an ammonia leak at the Carlsberg site in Northampton.

A 51-year-old man who was taken to hospital remains in a serious but stable condition.

An eyewitness who walked past the Carlsberg site shortly after the ammonia leak has described the unbearable smell:

"As we walked closer to Carlsberg, we just couldn't really breathe in, we couldn't take a single breath and lucky my daughter had a scarf on so I just put it over her face and then I put this over my face, you couldn't take a single breath, it was just so strong and quite suffocating."

– Inna Lee, Northampton resident

Colin Wells is from the Fire Brigades Union:

"The ammonia inhalation lead to someone suffering respiratory disorders, tight chests, wheezing, we had headaches, sore eyes symptoms, like being hit by a brick wall effectively."

– Colin, Wells, FBU Serious Accident Investigator
  1. Anglia

Investigation continues into Carlsberg ammonia leak

Fire crews at the Carlsberg site Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation continues at Carlsberg in Northampton town centre which was the site of an ammonia leak yesterday.

Following the death of a man in his 40s, a report has been prepared for the coroner. Formal identification and a post mortem are yet to take place.

A 51-year-old man who was taken to hospital remains in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services personnel and staff from Carlsberg, who were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, have now been discharged.

The factory remains cordoned off and officers are on the scene.

The emergency services do not believe there to be any danger to the wider public.

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