Holyhead explosion: plant owners launch internal inquiry

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The owners of an aluminium powder plant in Holyhead have launched their own investigation into an explosion at the site.

Two men sustained minor injuries after the blast at the AMG Alpoco works on London Road at around 6pm on Saturday evening (10th August).

In its first public comment since the incident, the company said an immediate internal inquiry was underway to identify the ”root cause”.

They added the explosion did not have any adverse impact on the environment but claimed no employees or visitors to the site were injured.

In the aftermath of the explosion, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said two men made their own way to hospital with minor injuries.

A fire broke out in a hopper but according to emergency services, there was no risk to the public.

A large white plume of smoke was seen for miles around the site – while the explosion could be heard in the Rhosneigr, Valley and Bryngwran areas. Blast waves were also reportedly felt as far as Amlwch and Llangefni.

A spokesperson for AMG Alpoco said on Tuesday: ”The situation was quickly brought under control and we can report that the plant safety protocols functioned exactly as designed in the event of such an incident.”

”Emergency services attended the site promptly to assist.”

The company says it has informed the Health & Safety Executive and other parts of the plant unaffected by the blast are operating as normal.

A similar explosion at the plant occurred in June 2015, leading to the temporary closure of the A5.

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