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IMAGES: One killed, 3 hurt in French nuke plant explosion

Last updated on: September 12, 2011 22:42 IST

One killed, 3 hurt in French nuke plant explosion

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One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at a nuclear plant in Marcoule, southern France, on Monday. Security has been tightened around the plant in the wake of reports of a possible leak following the blast.

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Image: Rescue services evacuate a person injured after an explosion at the French nuclear waste treatment site of Marcoule
Photographs: Reuters
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Explosion occurred after fire in radioactive waste storage site

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According to the BBC, the explosion is said to have occurred following a fire in a storage site for radioactive waste. It quoted the Le Figaro newspaper, as saying that the plant in Marcoule is a major site, as it is involved with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

It produces MOX fuel, which recycles plutonium from nuclear weapons, but does not include any reactors.


Image: A technician checks radioactivity levels after an explosion at the French nuclear waste treatment site
Photographs: Reuters
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No leak from nuclear plant

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A spokesman for France's atomic energy commission said there had so far been no leak but a security perimeter had been set up because of the risk.

The plant is located in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon region, near France''s Mediterranean coast.


Image: France's Ecology, Transport and Housing Minister Kosciusko-Morizet arrives after an explosion
Photographs: Reuters
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Source: ANI