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Chemical Plant Explosion Rocks West Thurrock
Fire crews have been sent to a chemical explosion at a chlorine scrubbing plant in West Thurrock.
Local residents were urged to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed after a strong smell of chlorine was reported.
However, Fire Service Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said that after an assessment by specialists from Industrial Chemicals Ltd it was found that there was no risk to the public.
"We have had assurances from chemical experts on site that there is no risk to the public," he said.
"A small tank of diluted caustic soda exploded and the contents drained away into an interception tank and was contained on site."
One man suffered minor injuries to his shin and was treated at the scene by firefighters.
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and an investigation is under way to establish the cause of the blast.