Explosion At French Nuclear Plant, No Contamination Risk: Official

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Paris: An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France on Thursday caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant’s nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said.

“It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,” senior local official Olivier Marmion told news agency AFP following the blast at the Flamanville plant 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Cherbourg.

The blast was reported at the Flamanville nuclear plant at 10 am.

There was no contamination risk, five people were slightly intoxicated, news agency AFP quoted officials as saying.

Officials at EDF’s Paris headquarters had no immediate comment and local officials at the plant in western France could not be immediately reached for comment.

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