Essex explosion chemical alert

People living close to the scene of a chemical explosion in Essex were urged to stay indoors last night as emergency crews tackled a caustic soda leak following a blast at a chemical plant.

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Injuries reported after explosion at Essex factory

Police have confirmed a second person received minor injuries after an apparent explosion at an industrial chemcials unit in West Thurrock, Essex this evening. Both were employees at the site.

Safety experts have declared the area safe and there was no longer any danger to the public, the force added.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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Explosion in Thurrock

Essex Fire and Rescue has confirmed an explosion and leak of caustic soda in Thurrock.

It happened at a chlorine scrubbing unit on Oliver Road and Stoneness Road. Five fire engines are on the scene.

One man has received medical treatment, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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