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Glascoed: Explosion at Monmouthshire defence firm site Glascoed: Explosion at BAE Systems Monmouthshire site
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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it has sent emergency services to the sceneSouth Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it has sent emergency services to the scene
There has been an explosion at a site belonging to BAE Systems, Britain's biggest defence firm, in Monmouthshire. There has been an explosion at a site belonging to BAE Systems, Britain's biggest defence firm, in south Wales.
It happened at BAE Systems Glascoed at 10:49 BST on Wednesday, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said. It happened at BAE Systems in Glascoed, Monmouthshire, at 10:49 BST on Wednesday, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said.
BAE Systems said safety protocols were "immediately enacted" and emergency services attended the site. It said it had launched a full investigation. BAE Systems said safety protocols were "immediately enacted" and emergency services attended the site.
It added all of its personnel were accounted for. It said it had launched a full investigation and all of its employees had been accounted for.
"Our emergency response team continues to monitor the facility. We have launched a full investigation," the firm said. "Our emergency response team continues to monitor the facility," the firm said.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed it had attended the scene and that an incident control post had been established. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service also confirmed it had been called to the scene and that an incident control post had been established.
The BAE systems site was established to help prepare the Royal Navy ahead of World War Two.
Today, it employs about 500 people.
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