Four killed in blast at water treatment works near Bristol

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal explosion at water treatment works in Avonmouth, near Bristol

Four people have been killed in a large explosion at a water treatment works near Bristol.

Emergency services were called to reports of a large explosion involving a chemical tank at Wessex Water’s Bristol water recycling centre in Avonmouth at about 11.20am on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Mark Runacres, from Avon and Somerset Police, told a press conference at the scene off Kings Weston Lane that three Wessex Water employees and one contractor died in the blast.

A fifth person was also wounded but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Mr Runacres said authorities would not be speculating into the cause of the explosion – but confirmed it was not being treated as a terror-related incident.

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