Staff praise experts in bomb alert
WORKERS at a Llanelli chemical plant have commended the role played by the emergency services in safely detonating a Second World War bomb found on site.
The explosive, which was found at the site of Huntsman Chemical Company in Bynea during a routine excavation, prompted an immediate evacuation and closure of the site before a controlled explosion on Thursday afternoon.
Site manager Phil Parry, who was on hand to watch the drama unfold, said: “We were quite surprised to find the bomb, it was very interesting in the first instance and it was nice to get all the support from the emergency services, for which they should be commended.
“It was not a very big explosion because ultimately I don’t think it was a charge in the shell, which we thought there may have been originally.
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“Judging by the volume of the explosion it was caused by explosives around it to cause the detonation, and not the shell itself.”
Mr Parry added that an Army disposal expert was originally brought on to the site, before an RAF expert arrived, as investigations revealed that the bomb had once been air dropped.
“They all took it extremely seriously and they took a little while to detonate it, as if there is any doubt someone else is brought in for a second opinion,” Mr Parry said.
“It could have had a potentially big impact when detonating it on site.
“We moved it on to a marshy area behind the plant on a natural embankment to carry out the detonation.
“Everything is now back to normal.”
Dyfed-Powys Police led the multi-agency response following the discovery of the device at the Bynea plant — which is a specialist producer of amines, used in pharmaceuticals, coatings, resins, gas treating and for the prevention of corrosion.
“All the agencies involved would like to thank local residents and businesses for the co-operation during this operation,” said Chief Inspector Richard Lewis.