Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
The authorities claimed that there was “no nuclear risk” following the blast, which took place around 10 am local time (9am GMT).
Olivier Marmion, director of the prefect’s office said that it is a significant technical issue but does not constitute a nuclear accident. the blast has been claimed to have occurred outside the nuclear zone. They also confirmed that there was no radioactive leak.
Paramedics for smoke inhalation treated five people, with no serious injuries immediately reported.
EDF Energy, which runs the plant, did not respond to any statement.
The Flamanville nuclear power plant, located on the Cotentin Peninsula in La Manche, houses two pressurised water reactors built in the 1980s, and a third reactor that remains under construction after a series of delays.
More than hundreds of protestors joined to call against the reactor, which is due to be turned on in 2018 after costing an estimated €10.5bn.