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Series of 'apocalyptic' explosions at Tata steelworks in Port Talbot leave at least two people injured as photos show huge mushroom cloud rising above the plant

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 26/04/2019 Lara Keay For Mailonline

Watch: Explosions rock Tata steelworks (Wales Online)

A series of 'apocalyptic' explosions at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot rocked the Welsh town in the early hours of this morning, injuring two people.   

Residents heard three blasts at around 3.35am, while photos on social media showed a mushroom cloud of smoke rising into the sky above the plant. Bright flashes could also be seen in video shared online.   

Police believe the fire started inside a train carrying molten metal into the site, which is the UK's largest steelworks, triggering further blazes nearby.    a large fire in a dark room: Photos posted online apparently showed a huge mushroom cloud over the plant after a blast © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Photos posted online apparently showed a huge mushroom cloud over the plant after a blast

Tata Steel said they 'dealt with an incident at our Port Talbot site' but only two people suffered 'minor' injuries'. 

a close up of smoke: A huge cloud of orange smoke is pictured above houses in Port Talbot after three explosions rocked the nearby Tata steelworks in the early hours © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A huge cloud of orange smoke is pictured above houses in Port Talbot after three explosions rocked the nearby Tata steelworks in the early hours

They later added: 'We can confirm there are no serious injuries and all employees have been accounted for. All fires are now under control.'

The plant, which Tata took over from Corus Steel in 2007, employs 4,000 people. 

Residents took to social media to share their shock over the scale of the explosions.

Local Mathew Kearney said the blast was 'the loudest thing I've ever heard'. The Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, which employs 4,000 people (file photo) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, which employs 4,000 people (file photo)

He wrote: 'Woke me sharply, and continued to crash as I came to. Plagued now with worry about the works. Can hear helicopters above now. Surreal, this. Hope everyone is okay. '  

Laura Morris described 'apocalyptic scenes'. She said: 'I hope from whatever has happened at the Steel Works Port Talbot, that everyone is ok.'

Witness Lance Davies told Sky News: 'It sounded like thunder at first and that's what woke me up. a star filled sky: A picture posted on social media shows smoke above the Tata steelworks plant in Port Talbot in the early hours following three blasts at 3.35am © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A picture posted on social media shows smoke above the Tata steelworks plant in Port Talbot in the early hours following three blasts at 3.35am

'I heard one explosion and that drew my attention to the window and so I went to look outside the window and there were two more explosions. 

'It was a big bubble of orange flame and a cloud of smoke that looked like a mushroom.' 

One woman who lives nearby told Good Morning Britain: 'I woke up hearing three really loud explosions. It sounded like a bomb had gone off.'

A man who lives in the area told the programme: 'It was about 3.35 in the morning I heard three separate explosions. One louder bang and then two others. 

'The actual house shook slightly. When I went up to the local garage 10 minutes later, they rang the police because they thought someone was breaking in.'

Despite the scale of the blast, South Wales Police said they believe only two people suffered 'minor' injuries. 

A statement this morning read: 'Emergency services remain on scene but we have had confirmation that all members of staff are accounted for and there are only two casualties with minor injuries.

'Early indications are that the seat of the explosion was a train which carries molten metal into the works. a view of a city: An aerial image shows the scale of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, south Wales © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An aerial image shows the scale of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, south Wales

'The explosion caused some small fires which are all under control and damage to some buildings on the site.

'South West Fire and Rescue Service have informed us there is no need for concerns re hazardous effects from the smoke from the fire.'

A spokesman added that the M4 motorway is still open. 

The National Police Air Service's St Athan wing confirmed a helicopter had been scrambled to the scene.

A spokesman said: 'Attended large series of explosions at @TataSteelEurope #PortTalbot.'

'Tata has now confirmed there are no serious injuries and all employees have been accounted for. All fires now under control. Excellent multi agency response from @swpolice @SWFireandRescue @SWPPortTalbot.' 

Streams of 999 calls started coming in at just after 3.30am, with police asking people to avoid the area.   

A blast furnace explosion at the plant in 2001 killed three people and injured a further 12. 

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