MADRID, Aug. 3 (.) –
At least eight people have been injured, one of them seriously, after several explosions in a factory in the town of Bergerac, in southwestern France.
As detailed by the deputy prefect of the Dordogne department, Jean-Charles Jobard, the event occurred around 2:00 p.m., although the situation “is now under control” and the incident “has no impact” beyond the own factory.
The authorities have confirmed that at the moment there is one injured “in an absolute emergency”, while the other seven are in a “relative emergency” condition, as reported by the French newspaper ‘Le Parisien’.
The explosions, whose origin is still uncertain, have occurred in a factory dedicated to the production of nitrocellulose for ammunition, for which the place has been declared a toxic zone and a high risk of fire.
In fact, a fire has been registered in the place and, although the authorities had reported that it was controlled at first, they have subsequently called on the population to avoid traveling through the area.
For his part, the Minister of the Interior of France, Gérald Darmanin, has confirmed on social networks the deployment of “important resources” after the incident and has urged the authorities in the area to activate a crisis center.
Along the same lines, the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, has conveyed his support to the firefighters and nurses mobilized to the scene.