Police confirmed that the man who died after an explosion at a factory near Salisbury on Friday night was a 29-year-old man from Southampton. A second man, aged 26, from Pewsey, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital in a serious condition and remains serious but stable and receiving specialist care.
Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the Chemring Plant, High Post Road, Netton, just after 5pm after a report of an explosion at the site.
Six fire crews attended, two from Salisbury, and one each from Andover, Fordingbridge, Pewsey and Cranborne, supported by an incident command vehicle from Devizes.
The dead man’s family have been informed and being supported by specialist trained family liaison officers.
Detective Inspector Simon Pope said: “We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive to determine the cause of the explosion and our enquiries continue at the site. A cordon remains while investigators carry out enquiries.
There was no risk to the public, he added.
A councillor who lives near the plant said the tragedy was ‘appalling’.
Norman Southey – a Durnford Parish Councillor on the council which covers Netton and a Netton resident, said: ”It is very tragic.
Mr Southey added: ”We (the parish Council) have been up there and looked at their (safety) measures. Unfortunately these things do happen. It is human error on most occasions. It is a tragedy for the families.”
He added: “We just go along with it. We have lived with it for years, ever since it was a fireworks factory. They have had accidents before.
“I feel for them (but) it is a fact of life, I’m afraid, if you are playing with explosives.”