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What was the cause of the Ribbleton explosion?

Posted on - 8th July, 2014 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Observations, Preston News, Ribbleton
Rowan Scrap Metals tweeted this picture of smoke at the Recycling Lives facility

Rowan Scrap Metals tweeted this picture of smoke at the Recycling Lives facility

An explosion at the Recycling Lives facility on the Red Scar industrial estate was the cause of Prestonian panic today.

Residents and workers nearby took to Twitter to ask what was the Ribbleton Explosion?

The bang was heard around 12.15pm on Tuesday across the North East and East of the city.

It turned out to be a pressurised container got into a steel fragmentation machine at the commercial recycling firm.

Many workers nearby reported seeing windows shake and one said the wall bulged at their office with the force of the explosion.

Alistair Jackson, operations director at Recycling Lives, said the design of the machine made the explosion louder

He said: “We did have a small explosion that made a loud noise, but no one was injured and no emergency services were involved.

“We did speak to as may neighbouring properties as we could.

“It is a run of the mill issue – the machine involved is designed to contain any explosion, but because of its design it amplifies the noise.”

Did you hear the explosion today? What was it like where you were? Let us know in the comments below

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