An explosion has been reported at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power facility. It has been described as a “significant technical event” not a nuclear accident.
“A fire this morning at Flamanville 1 was immediately brought under control. There are no casualties and no environmental or safety concerns,” said EDF.
“The fire was in a non-nuclear area. As a precaution Flamanville Reactor 1 has been switched off. No impact on the safety of the plant.”
According to French newspaper Ouest France, a senior local official Olivier Marmion said that the fire had been contained in the engine room and five people were treated for smoke inhalation but no one was hurt.
The accident was not in the zone of the newest reactor which has the same EPR technology that will be used at Hinkley Point C.