One dead in explosion at High Post factory

Chemring Countermeasures High Post

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:46pm 10th August 2018. (Updated at 12:16pm 11th August 2018)

Another person's been seriously injured in the incident at the Chemring Countermeasures site.

Emergency crews were called out to the High Post site just after 5.00pm on Friday evening (August 10th) to reports of an explosion there.

One person has been confirmed to have died at the scene as a result of an explosion - he's aged 29 and from Southampton.

One other man, a 26 year old from Pewsey is in a serious but stable condition at Salisbury District Hospital.

No further casualties have been reported at the factory, which makes countermeasures and flares for both the military and civilian markets.

Chemring has confirmed that incident happened in a 'flare manufacturing facility'.

They've posted a statement on their Twitter page:

Six fire crews have attended, from Salisbury, Andover, Fordingbridge, Pewsey and Cranborne, along with an incident command unit from Devizes.

An initial fire on site was quickly put out.

Wiltshire Police tell us the 'incident has been contained and there is no risk to people in the local area'.

They, along with the Health and Safety Executive, will now be leading the investigation in to the cause of the incident.

Detective Inspector Simon Pope from Wiltshire Police said:

“We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive on this investigation to determine the cause of the explosion and our enquiries will be continuing at the site today (Saturday August 11th). A cordon remains in place at the site while investigators carry out their enquiries.

“We would like to reassure the public that this incident was contained as soon as possible and there is no risk to those living in the local area.

“Our thoughts remain with those involved in this incident, as well as their family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Chemring High Post Road Closure
The road towards the site, leading from the High Post crossroads on the A345 towards the Woodfords had to be closed while the emergency services were on the scene

Salisbury MP, John Glen, has tweeted his reaction to what happened too:

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