Shop owner charged with causing devastating explosion in north-west England
17 January 2018
A man has been charged with causing an explosion following a blast at New Ferry in the Wirral last year that left more than 30 people injured. Pascal Blasio, 56, of Gillingham, Kent, is charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Contract Natural Gas Limited, an independent gas supplier for business customers, has also been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Two people were seriously hurt, 31 injured and many buildings destroyed in the blast in New Ferry on 25 March. Mr Blasio, the owner of Homes in Style furniture shop on the explosion site, will appear in court in April. He has been released on conditional bail, police said.
The details of the charge include that on March 25 2017 at Birkenhead. he ‘unlawfully and maliciously caused by an explosive substance an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.’