Salisbury factory explosion leaves one man, 29, dead and another man, 26, seriously injured

A 26-year-old rushed to hospital remains in a serious but stable condition after the explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures factory in Netton.


The Chemring Countermeasures factory in Netton is just three miles from the MoD's secretive Porton Down labWiltshire Police today confirmed a 29-year-old man from Southampton was killed in the blast, which was just three miles from the MoD's secretive Porton Down lab.

He hasn't been named but his family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Emergency crews were raced to the building after the explosion tore through it just after 5pm yesterday.

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene, while his colleague, from Pewsey, was taken to Salisbury District hospital.

Detective Inspector Simon Pope 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. 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 added: "Chemring has launched a full and immediate investigation into the cause of the incident. A further announcement will be made as information becomes available. The thoughts and support of all Chemring Group are with the families at this time."

The company's website boasts: "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."

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