An explosion has taken place at French utility EDF's Flamanville nuclear plant but there is no risk of a radiation leak, according to company officials. Julian Satterthwaite reports.
An explosion at a French nuclear power plant Thursday (February 9), but officials say there's no risk of a radiation leak. State-owned said a fire in a machine room at the Flamansystem.scripts.ville plant caused the explosion in a "non-nuclear" part of the station. It added that the fire had been brought under control by its team there. The affected reactor was disconnected from the grid. EDF said there were no injuries at the plant but five people had been affected by fumes. The two Flamanville reactors, which each have an electricity generating capacity of 1,300 megawatts, were built in the 1980s. A new reactor is being built at the site, but a spokeswoman said the explosion did not take place near the construction work. The French nuclear safety authority ASN said it had no information and could not immediately comment.