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Two casualties confirmed after ‘huge explosion’ at Redcar steelworks

A huge emergency services response went to the former steelworks site in South Bank after reported explosions sent plumes of black smoke from the towers.A fleet of ambulances, police and fire service vehicles rushed to the scene just after 2pm on Thursday after the blasts at the ex-coke ovens.Explosion at the former SSI Coke Ovens South Bank Steel

Cleveland Police have placed a 150 metre cordon in place (Picture: NCJ Media)

Two casualties have been confirmed after a ‘huge explosion’ at a steelworks in Redcar, Teesside.

Emergency services are at the scene, including a Hazardous Area response Team.

A spokesperson for the Ambulance Service said they were called to the British Steel Lackenby Works at 2.10pm.

Cleveland Police say that the site has been evacuated, with a 150 metre cordon put in place.

A statement from the force said: ‘There are two casualties, however, we are unable to confirm the specific level of injury at this stage.’

Witnesses at the scene described seeing a massive fireball.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released a statement, saying it is working ‘closely with the Health and Safety Executive’.

A huge emergency services response went to the former steelworks site in South Bank after reported explosions sent plumes of black smoke from the towers. A fleet of ambulances, police and fire service vehicles rushed to the scene just after 2pm on Thursday after the blasts at the ex-coke ovens. Explosion at the former SSI Coke Ovens South Bank Steel

A fleet of ambulances, police and fire service vehicles rushed to the scene just after 2pm on Thursday after the blasts at the ex-coke ovens (Picture: NCJ Media)

The statement read: ‘We are aware of an incident that has occurred at the former steelworks site and are monitoring the situation closely.

‘Engineers on site are working closely with the emergency services who are at the scene and working with the Health and Safety Executive.’



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