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  • Portugal fireworks factory blast kills five, three missing

    04 April 2017

    Five people died and another three were missing after an explosion on the evening of April 4 destroyed a fireworks factory at Avoes near the Portuguese town of Lamego. The victims were all workers at the plant 100km east of Porto, and the factory's owner was among the dead. All of the workers at the factory came from three local families, a local council spokesman said....

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  • Explosion at carnival in France injures 18

    03 April 2017

    At least 18 people have been injured, five critically, after an explosion rocked a carnival in Villepinte, in the northern suburbs of Paris. The incident happened when a bonfire around a human effigy exploded, showering revellers with burning wood. Children injured in the blast ranged in age from two to 14, said Nathalie Crespin, spokeswoman for the Paris fire brigade....

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  • Dutch and Danish grid operators to form offshore power hub in North Sea

    10 March 2017

    Dutch power grid operator TenneT said on March 8 it had found the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea, Danish power transmission company TenneT's plan, first announced in June, involves the construction of one or more artificial islands surrounded by wind farms on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea....

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  • Explosion at fireworks company in Portugal kills one

    10 March 2017

    According to a source at the Relief Operations Centre (CDOS) in Oporto, reported in O Leme Jornais, a worker was killed in a blast at the Douro Pirotecnia factory in northern Portugal. Emergency workers at the site confirmed there were no further casualties. In 2010, another company employee was killed in an explosion while handling pyrotechnic products....

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  • French nuclear waste deep storage project faces new hurdles

    28 February 2017

    On February 28, a local court annulled the transfer of a forest from a local municipality to the French National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (ANDRA), which is building a geological storage facility for high level nuclear wastes under the forest. The project to build the storage facility - called CIGEO – at Bure in the Meuse department of Eastern France will be suspended until this legal hurdle can be overcome....

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Czech armaments plant explosions injure 19 workers and rescuers 24 February 2017

A string of explosions in a Czech armaments factory has injured 19, with three in a critical condition, officials said on February 23. The Policske Strojirny plant near the town of Policka, some 150 kilometres east of Prague, processes old ammunition and in 2015 experienced an explosion of 320 tonnes of gunpowder which injured two workers....

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Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine 10 February 2017

After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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Two former Italian railway directors convicted for fatal 2009 train gas explosion 03 February 2017

Two former railway executives have been convicted for the 2009 derailment of a freight train loaded with gas that set off an explosion that destroyed five buildings and killed 32 people in the town of Viareggio. A judge in the Tuscan town of Lucca on January 31 convicted former Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mauro Moretti and the former chairman of subsidiary RFI, Michele Mario Elia....

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Paris incense factory explosion injures five, two seriously 31 January 2017

On January 30 an explosion in an incense factory in Montrouge, in the southern suburbs of Paris, left five people injured, two of whom were said by police to be in a serious condition. There were  twelve employees in the building at the time of the explosion....

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Statoil says October gas terminal incident could have killed staff 21 December 2016

An incident at Statoil's Sture gas terminal in western Norway on October 12, where five people were injured in a hydrogen sulphide (H2S) release, was highly serious and could have resulted in fatalities, the Norwegian oil major said on December 21. One of the five individuals was critically injured, one seriously injured and three individuals were slightly injured. All made a full recovery and are now back in normal work....

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