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France:Explosion occurs at French nuclear facility

Monday, September 12, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 12,2011

The French nuclear safety agency says an explosion occurred at a nuclear processing plant in the suburb of Nimes in southern France on Monday.

The blast took place at a furnace in the nuclear waste processing center in Marcoule.

One person reportedly died and 4 others were injured.

Officials at the facility say there has been no radioactive leaks, and that there is no reactor at the site.

Local media say no evacuation orders have been issued for residents living near the facility.

The nuclear safety authority says nuclear waste is processed at the facility.

A fire that broke out briefly has been extinguished.

The nuclear safety authority is investigating how the blast occurred.

Laaska News.