At least 46 injured in blast at French foundry

31st July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The explosion at a bell-making foundry in iVilledieu-les-Poele left over 40 tourists injured.

Rennes – At least 46 people were injured Friday when an explosion at a bell foundry in northern France showered visiting tourists with molten bronze, police and firefighters said.

Most of the visitors suffered from minor burns and smoke inhalation at the Cornille-Harvard foundry in the Normandy town of Villedieu-les-Poele but one person was rushed to a local hospital.

Police said the explosion was caused by the ignition of a dust cloud.

"This explosion caused fumes and melted bronze to be projected on the visitors," said an official from the local gendarmerie.

Several ambulances and some 60 rescuers were dispatched to the foundry located in the centre of the town to deal with the emergency at the height of the holiday season.

AFP / Expatica

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