Finland: 2 000 evacuated over blast threat

2013-07-10 14:00


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Helsinki - Evacuation orders were issued for about 2 200 residents in central Finland on Wednesday because of the risk of an explosion at a gunpowder factory, local media reported.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of residents in Vihtavuori after a fire in a waste container on the grounds of a factory that makes gunpowder and explosives used for blasting and mining.

There were fears that a chemical reaction in the waste container could trigger an explosion.

Shortly before midnight, factory workers reported smoke from the container used to store waste from the explosives manufacturing process. Emergency services ordered the evacuation of the plant and later extended the security zone to the nearby area.

Military explosives experts have been dispatched and a remote-controlled robot was deployed.

Police have closed off several access roads and ensured that buildings within a 1.5km radius of the factory were evacuated, public broadcaster YLE reported.

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