Avonmouth explosion: Investigations ongoing into blast which killed four people

Investigations into a treatment plant explosion in Bristol which killed four people are still ongoing - one year on.

Today (December 3) marks one year since the explosion at a Wessex Water silo in Avonmouth.

Four people - Luke Wheaton, 16, Ray White, 57, Brian Vickery, 63 and Mike James, 64, from Bath - died in the blast.

But one year on, their families are still waiting for crucial answers about what happened while authorities continue to investigate.

Four people died when the Wessex Water silo exploded on December 3, 2020.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive described the investigation as “extremely complex”.

"We will continue to work in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team until the investigation has concluded,” the spokesperson said.

“Our thoughts are with family members and colleagues of the deceased during this very sad time."

A private gathering for families and a two-minute silence is due to take place later today (December 3).

Emergency services at the scene of the blast.

A Wessex Water spokesperson said the company is “committed to understanding” what happened.

"We're continuing to work with the police and Health & Safety Executive as they carry out their investigations and are committed to understanding why the incident happened,” the spokesperson added.

"To mark the anniversary, we have arranged a private gathering for the families affected and we will be holding a two-minute silence for the four colleagues who are always in our thoughts."