Finns contain gunpowder explosion threat

2013-07-11 12:02


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Helsinki - Hundreds of people in central Finland have returned home after emergency services averted the threat of an explosion at a gunpowder factory, local media reported on Thursday.

A container emitting smoke was cooled with water and was moved late on Wednesday to a safe distance from the factory in Vihatavuori, public broadcaster YLE reported.

The plant makes gunpowder and explosives for mining. About 400 residents within a 1.5km radius of the plant evacuated their homes during the scare, but were allowed to return late on Wednesday.

Police and officials from the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency were due to investigate the incident, including what caused the chemical reaction that generated the smoke and fear of an explosion.

Explosives company Forcit said the container contained explosives waste.

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