Updated: 09/02/17 : 11:14:11Printable Version
Several people are feared to have been injured in an explosion at a nuclear power plant in France.
Authorities said there was "no nuclear risk" following the blast in Flamanville around 10am local time (9am Irish Time) this morning, Thursday.
Emergency services were at the scene, where a fire was burning according to Ouest France.
The regional authority said five people had been slightly injured after inhaling smoke from a fire that broke out after the explosion.
The fire, which was in a part of the complex away from the nuclear section, will soon be "fully contained," it said.
The Flamanville nuclear power plant, located on the Cotentin Peninsula in La Manche, houses two pressurised water reactors built in the 1980s, and a third reactor that remains under construction after a series of delays.
"It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident," Olivier Marmion, a senior regional official, told local media.
He said that one of the plant's nuclear reactors had been shut down as a precautionary measure.
Officials at the state-backed EDF's Paris headquarters had no immediate comment and local officials at the plant in could not be immediately reached for comment.
The 1,300 MW each Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors were build in the 1980s. A new reactor is being built at the site but the explosion did not take place there, a spokeswoman said.
The nuclear safety authority ASN said it had no information and could not immediately comment.