An explosion at a nuclear facility in France has killed one person, injured at least three others but does not appear to have caused radiation to leak from the site, French officials said today.
The explosion occurred at a nuclear waste processing center in the Marcoule nuclear facility in southern France.
Officials at France's atomic energy commission told ABC News the explosion occurred in a furnace used to melt waste with low to very low radioactive levels. The blast was contained completely in the furnace.
France's government nuclear safety body, the ASN, released a statement hours after the explosion reporting that there did not appear to be any radioactive leak.
"This is an industrial accident, not a nuclear accident," said a spokesperson for the energy firm EDF, which operates the plant.
The Marcoule nuclear facility does not house any active nuclear reactors.
An explosion at a nuclear waste-management site at the Marcoule complex in southeastern France on Monday has killed at least one man, but safety officials say there was no leak of radioactive material at one of the country's oldest nuclear facilities.
Four people were also injured in the explosion, which occurred around 12:37 p.m. local time. One person was badly burned and has been airlifted to a hospital in Montpellier, while three others were taken to a local hospital, according to reports.
No names have been released, and the incident is being described as an "industrial" rather than nuclear accident.
The Agency for Nuclear Safety (ANS) said the explosion was set off by a fire near a furnace at the Centraco facility, a centre for processing and conditioning low-level radioactive waste that is situated at the massive Marcoule complex.
The accident was under control within the hour, the agency said in a statement.
"According to initial information, the explosion happened in an oven used to melt radioactive metallic waste of little and very little radioactivity," the statement said. "There have been no leaks outside of the site."
The Marcoule site does not house any nuclear power reactors.
Marcoule is located in the Gard region of France, in Languedoc-Roussillon, near the Mediterranean Sea.
No evacuation notice was given to the local area but a security perimeter around the site has been established, according to reports.
Marcoule is owned by French power utility EDF and is adjacent to a nuclear research centre.
The reason for the blast wasn't immediately clear, but officials said it was contained within the furnace area. An investigation has also been opened.http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/explosion-french-nuclear-plant-kills-...