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UK defence plant blast kills one, injures another - Updated

13 August 2018

An explosion and fire at the Chemring plant in High Post, Salisbury, killed one staff member and injured another on August 10. Wiltshire Police said it was investigating the incident with health and safety officers, and said there was no risk to the public. The plant produces flares, chaff and decoys for military and civilian use.

The firm’s business director, Andy Hogben, said in a statement: “Chemring Group PLC confirms that at approximately 5pm on Friday 10 August an incident occurred in a flare manufacturing building at the Chemring Countermeasures factory near Salisbury.

“Chemring has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. The thoughts and support of Chemring Group are with the families at this time.“

The injured man is in a stable condition in Salisbury hospital. The company said manufacturing operations there had been suspended until further notice.

Update: Shares of Chemring Group Plc slumped by almost a quarter on August 13 after the defence contractor said an explosion at its Salisbury factory would lower full-year profit by as much as £10 to £20 million.

The exact impact on 2018 and 2019 performance would depend on insurance recoveries, the length of the investigation and how long it takes for the site to re-open, it added.

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