BREAKING: MASSIVE explosion at lithium batteries facility in Grand-Couronne, France

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A massive explosion occurred at the Bollore Logistics facility in Grand-Couronne, France, that houses thousands of lithium batteries.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a huge blaze that broke out this evening, Monday, January 16, as the result of an explosion at a facility belonging to Bollore Logistics. Located near the city of Rouen, in the Normandy region of Grand-Couronne in northern France, the building reportedly houses thousands of lithium batteries.

There is currently no update regarding the level of danger to the surrounding areas as a result of the possible toxic fumes being given off by the fire, as reported by Upward News @UpwardNewsHQ.

The blaze rapidly spread into a nearby warehouse that was thought to store around 70,000 rubber tyres. Video footage posted on social media shows a raging inferno burning and sending clouds of thick smoke into the night sky.

It has been reported that reinforcements have been requested by the emergency services on the scene. Around 12,000m² are thought to have been consumed by the blaze already.

This is a breaking news story and we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.


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