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In France Explosion at nuclear plant, 'no risk'

The cause of the explosion at the power station, which has been in operation since the 1980s, was not immediately known.

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The Flamanville nuclear power plant in northwestern France, first came online in the 1980s play

The Flamanville nuclear power plant in northwestern France, first came online in the 1980s

(AFP/File)

An explosion at a nuclear power plant in northern France on Thursday caused minor injuries but took place outside the plant's nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, the authorities said.

"It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident," senior local official Olivier Marmion told AFP following the blast at the Flamanville plant 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Cherbourg.

The cause of the explosion at the power station, which has been in operation since the 1980s, was not immediately known.

Marmion said five people had reported feeling unwell but that there were no serious injuries, adding that rescue services were at the site.

Explosion at French nuclear plant play

Explosion at French nuclear plant

(Graphics/AFP)

One of the plant's two reactors was shut down after the explosion and the incident was declared over at 1100 GMT, the authorities said.

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