The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Gas explosions and Thames high water

Unusually for a Saturday the traffic was bad in town. It built up soon after midday when emergency vehicle sirens could be heard and some thuds that turned out to be explosions.

The Abingdon Herald reports that two gas canisters at a unit off Blacklands Way exploded.

Colwell Drive and the Fairacres trading estate were closed and people evacuated ( it must have been an unusual first day for the new Pets at Home store with their 10% opening offers).

Twelve fire engines were at the scene. The BBC says the unit belongs to Compact GTL, a new UK company that turns gas to liquids.

Elsewhere, the new path to the lock, repaired since July, was taking a bit of a battering from all the water.

The water level near Abingdon Lock was at 11 feet - a little way below the Jan 2003 high water mark.


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