Suspected alcohol brewing blast in Britain kills five

14th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A powerful explosion at a suspected illegal alcohol distillery in central England killed five men and seriously injured another, police said Thursday.

The blast occurred late Wednesday at an industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire.

"There was a rumour going round that it was some Polish nationals who have been brewing their own vodka, which is a bit of a problem round here at the moment," said local resident Ian Nuttall.

Police said they were investigating the reports.

"At this stage we are not confirming any rumours about the production of vodka -- that does form part of our investigation though," said David Holmes of Lincolnshire Police.

A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire police added: "Five men have been confirmed dead.

The blast was so powerful that the five victims died almost instantaneously, police said. A sixth man found at the site was described by police as "seriously injured and very poorly."

Holmes added: "We are still trying to confirm the identity of the men who were at the scene."

Customs officers, police and trading standards officers earlier this year seized fake vodka from stores in Boston, which was shown to contain chemicals unsafe for public consumption.

© 2011 AFP

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