Posted: Thursday 17 May 2018, 18:50
Press Release - 19.37 Hours 17 May 2018
Controlled explosion to be carried out in Darley Dale.
THE CONTROLLED EXPLOSION HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE AND THE A6 HAS REOPENED.
In the next 30 minutes to an hour, a controlled explosion will be carried out on materials discovered at a factory on the A6 Darley Dale.
The A6 will be closed for approximately 15 minutes, close to the Coach Road and Harrison Way, whilst a controlled explosion is carried out by the Bomb Disposal Unit to make safe materials that were discovered late this afternoon.
At 15.24 hours, firefighters Matlock (wholetime and On-Call) responded to a call to attend a factory following the discovery of a potentially volatile material. 100 employees were safely evacuated from the site.
Station Manager Dean Gazzard said: “We are working closely with the police, Bomb Disposal Unit and Emergency Planning to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
”I would like to reassure the public that there is no risk to residents living in the area, nor anyone travelling close to the scene. Working with our partners, safety cordons have been put in place to ensure the Safety of all local residents.”
Local residents are advised not to be alarmed at the sound of the explosion and to keep windows and doors closed until after the explosion is heard/further notice confirming this.