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Port Talbot explosion: Tata restarts two furnaces

A fireman assesses the damage on the site
Image caption The explosion occured when a train carrying molten metal derailed

Two blast furnaces at Tata's biggest UK steelworks have been restarted after a large explosion left two workers with burns.

A train carrying molten metal derailed at the Port Talbot plant shortly after 03:30 BST on Friday. An investigation is under way.

Tata Steel said its fourth and fifth furnaces had been successfully restarted.

Hub manager Martin Brunnock praised staff for their professionalism.

Images and footage posted on social media showed a large mushroom cloud and plumes of smoke rising above the plant.

Two workers were aboard the train - carrying a "torpedo" which holds the molten metal - when it derailed, leading to the metal coming into contact with cold water.

Tata said one worker had a burn to the head and the other to the chest, and were later released after treatment for minor burns.

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Media captionTata Steel said the explosion came from a train used to carry molten metal

The site had reopened by 07:00 Friday but production at furnaces four and five were halted in order for checks to be completed.

Tata said supply to customers had been uninterrupted.

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