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Video shows gas explosion shooting worker into the air

todayJune 23, 2022

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The shocking moment when a gas main bursts on a farm in the village of Wessington near Alfreton has been captured on a video made available to Nottinghamshire Live. Firefighters and gas experts attended the scene and access to the area for vehicles was blocked for several hours. The footage shows a fencing contractor carry out some work on a farm off Brackenfield Lane when things suddenly take an explosive turn.

The incident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, June 21, and it is believed to be the incident that resulted in residents from 30 nearby homes evacuated from the area as gas poured from the ruptured pipe, reports Derbyshire Live.

Alan Brown, a Wessington resident who captured the dramatic video on his home CCTV system, said: “It’s from my CCTV. It’s my property to the edge but the field belongs to the farmer. The guy in the video is apparently a fencing contractor to the farmer. In some of my longer footage you can see him running down the field so I think he’s ok.”

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At the time of the incident Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said that the risk of the leaking gas igniting meant that they would have to stay away from their homes for several hours as the scene was made safe.

The gas distribution network Cadent confirmed on Tuesday that the damage was caused after the gas pipe was hit by a third party. Derbyshire Live understands that the individual in the footage was not badly hurt after the gas pipe was broken.

A spokesperson said: “Cadent engineers worked through the night on an emergency repair after a pipe was hit by a third party on Brackenfield Lane in Wessington on the morning of 21 June. Our teams have made everything safe and remain on site to complete the repair work.

“There has been no interruption to the local gas supply. Households that were evacuated yesterday as a safety precaution have now been able to return home. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience.

“This was a great response by the emergency services, including our team, in making sure everyone was kept safe. If you ever smell gas, here or anywhere, it is important to act immediately and call the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999. All calls are recorded and may be monitored.”

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