One dead and one injured after blast at Salisbury ‘military hardware’ factory

One person has been killed and another injured following a blast at a military hardware factory in Salisbury.

The injured person was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures factory in Netton which is roughly three miles from the government’s weapons research HQ Porton Down.

The factory produces countermeasures such as flares and chaffs for the Ministry of Defence designed to protect air and naval platforms from missile attack.

Six fire crews rushed to the scene of the blast shortly after 5pm today. The person who died was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fire at the scene has now been extinguished and an investigation has been launched.

A spokeswoman from Wiltshire Police said: "The ambulance service contacted Wiltshire police and Dorset and Fire and Rescue service at just after 5pm today following reports of an explosion at the Chemring plant on High Post Road in Netton.

"Six fire crews are in attendance from Salisbury, supported by incident command vehicle from Devizes.

"An initial fire on site has now been extinguished and the ambulance service is on the scene.

"Two casualties have been identified – one person died at the scene, with the other taken to hospital in a critical condition."

Wiltshire Police said that the incident has been "contained" and there is no risk to the people in the local area.

Next of kin have been informed, said the force.

Wiltshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive are leading an investigation in to the cause of the incident.

On their website Chemring state: "Chemring Countermeasures is the UK MoD’s design authority for all air IR decoys and chaff products, and the Eurofighter design authority for the Typhoon chaff and flare decoys."

There was a fatal accident at a Chemring plant in Kilgore, Texas in 2014.

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