Person dies after fire breaks out at military factory

An explosion at a defence firm factory in Salisbury has killed one person and left another in a critical condition.

A fire broke out at Chemring Countermeasures facility after the blast on Friday evening, Wiltshire Police said.

The blaze has since been extinguished and an investigation is being launched.

The incident occurred in a flare manufacturing building, Chemring Group business director Andy Hogben said in a statement.

He said: “Chemring Group PLC confirms that at approximately 5pm on Friday August 10 an incident occurred in a flare manufacturing building at the Chemring Countermeasures factory near Salisbury. There has been one fatality and one employee is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

“The site was immediately evacuated and the incident brought under control. The thoughts and support of Chemring Group are with the families at this time.”

A police spokesman said: “The ambulance service contacted Wiltshire Police and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service just after 5pm today following reports of an explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures plant on High Post Road, Netton.

“Six fire crews were in attendance. Two were from Salisbury and the rest from Andover, Fordingbridge, Pewsey and Cranbourne and were supported by the incident command vehicle from Devizes.

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