Published: 30/09/2017 12:23 - Updated: 01/10/2017 10:59

Vulcan blast reassurance

Residents have been reassured following a late night blast at the Vulcan site in CaithnessTHE Ministry of Defence has sought to reassure residents living near the nuclear test submarine base at Vulcan after a loud bang was heard coming from the site late last night.

It has stated that the noise was caused by a steam/heating boiler in a pumphouse building exploding.

A spokesman said no-one was injured and the incident had not had any impact on operations at the site.

Vulcan, next door to the civil nuclear plant at Dounreay, operated a water-cooled nuclear reactor until it was shut down in July 2015. The site, run by Rolls Royce, is now being defuelled and prepared for decommissioining.  

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