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Explosion at EDF’s Flamanville Nuclear Plant in France

A government official as well as EDF have said there is no associated nuclear risk.

General view of the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, France, November 16, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Benoit Tessier/File photo

General view of the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, France, November 16, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Benoit Tessier/File photo

Paris: A fire caused an explosion at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France on Thursday, leading the utility to take a reactor offline, but there was no associated nuclear risk, EDF and a local government official said on Thursday.

State-owned EDF said in a statement a fire in a machine room caused the explosion in a “non-nuclear” part of the power station.

It added that the fire had been brought under control by its team there and that reactor number 1 had been disconnected from the grid.

It said there were no injuries but five people had been affected by fumes.

The Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors, which each have a electricity generating capacity of 1,300 megawatts, were built in the 1980s. A new reactor is being built at the site but the explosion was not there, a spokeswoman said.

The nuclear safety authority ASN said it had no information and could not immediately comment.