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Explosion after gas bottle shredded in Ramsbottom
5:05pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A LOUD explosion was heard in Ramsbottom after a gas bottle was shredded at a waste management site.
The incident was at Wheeldon Brothers, in Kenyon Street, where the explosion blew a small hole in the roof.
The incident did not cause a fire, and fire crews were not called out to the site, but Environment Agency officers attended.
A nearby resident, who lives about 50 metres from the business, said: “It was very loud and it was clear that something had happened, but I wasn’t sure quite what it was.
“I could see people leaving the building and nearby businesses with their hands over their ears. It was a very loud bang.”
The Ramsbottom site is used to convert waste, which cannot be recycled, into fuel to be used to power factories, heating systems or power plants.
John Wheeldon, the company’s managing director, said: “I thought there would be no roof when I heard about it, but the hole was the size of your hand.”
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We have asked the site operators to review their waste acceptance criteria.”
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