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Netherlands biomass plant explosion injures four

24 September 2015

At least four people were injured on September 23 when two different explosions occurred in a biomass power plant in Borssele, Zeeland, the regional safety office reported. The office said all four were hospitalised, however broadcaster Omroep Zeeland said two people received serious injuries and were rushed to hospital and the others were treated at the scene.

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The blasts rocked the small town at about 9:25 a.m. First responders were dispatched by 9:28 a.m., and an air ambulance helicopter was sent to the scene less than five minutes later.

Public safety workers said the force of the explosions had ripped off much of the cladding from the side of the building, and several flaps were still hanging loose.

The explosions reportedly took place during preparations for the plant’s closure, scheduled for next January.

By 9:55 a.m. the incident was reportedly under control. Firefighters were in the building using thermal imaging cameras to find possible flare-ups, the safety region said at about 11:20 a.m.

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