Thursday, September 13, 2007


Boys reported after factory blast

‘Three boys have been reported to the Children’s Panel after an explosion and major fire at a chemical plant in Ayrshire, police have said.

Flames were spotted at the Nobel Enterprises factory in Stevenston at about 2000 BST on Saturday.

The fire involved highly-flammable nitrocellulose, which is used in inks and coatings. [..]

Anne Graham, also 56, said: “It was terrible. I thought the sun had come out, then my husband phoned and said ‘Do you see?’

“I couldn’t believe it. I stood on a nearby hill and could feel the heat on my face.” [..]

Strathclyde Police said about 1,500 to 1,700 tons of the nitrocellulose had been involved in the incident.’

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