Update: 2320 hrs
The incident was dealt with by 22:10 hrs. Crews have left the scene. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed. For further information, contact Industrial Chemicals.
Update: 2215 hrs
SAFETY experts down at the scene of an explosion at a chemical company in Stoneness Road which occurred earlier this evening have declared the area safe and there is no longer any danger to the public.
There is one employee who is being treated for minor injuries but otherwise no other injuries to anyone at the scene. The cause of the explosion will be investigated by the relevant authorities.
Update: 2200 hrs
Police: ‘Danger has passed’ after Essex explosion (reports ITV)
Update: 2120 hrs
Report from the Essex Fire and Rescue Service states that they are attending at the Industrial Chemicals Site at Oliver Road in West Thurrock.
Six units have attended initially.
Explosion of a chemical within chlorine scrubbing unit.
Update: 2110 hrs
Police say no reports of any injuries but residents advised to stay indoors.
Report starts: 2015 hrs
THERE are reports of a large explosion in the West Thurrock area.
Sources in Kent and Thurrock believe that the explosion, heard around 8.15pm came from near to the Thames.
More to follow.