Investigation now to begin after “explosion that shook Thurrock”

AN INVESTIGATION is set to begin following the explosion at an Industrial Chemicals plant in Thurrock that left two men injured and residents across the borough advised to stay indoors.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed after the leak of caustic soda from a “small tank” at the plant at Oliver Road, West Thurrock.

For many residents, it was the initial bang at just after 8pm that frightened them.

From West Thurrock to Aveley to South Ockendon, Chafford Hundred, Grays as well as across the water in Gravesend, Dartford and even as far as Bexley Heath in Kent, the bang was heard. Although some residents were able to laugh it off, many will want to be re-assured and be informed of the full facts surrounding the incident.

In July, a man was injured in an explosion in a chemical factory in Stoneness Road, West Thurrock. That incident saw a large bang that woke up a large portion of West Thurrock on a Sunday morning.

One person on twitter did question the lack of presence of ICG last night. @allanedwards tweeted: “Explosion at one of their plants here in #thurrock & nothing on (web-site), no twitter presence, no crisis comms plan?”

YT will endeavour to contact ICG this morning.

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