People have been urged to avoid TATA Steelworks after reports of a “huge explosion” in Port Talbot.

Residents reported hearing three loud bangs at the steelworks in South Wales shortly after 3.30am on Friday morning.

TATA has confirmed there were no serious injuries and all fires are “under control”, although two people are believed to have suffered minor injuries.

Blaze following reports of explosions at TATA steelworks
Fire seen after blasts in Port Talbot

The National Air Police Service confirmed a helicopter had been scrambled to the scene.

It said: “Attended large series of explosions at @TataSteelEurope #PortTalbot.

“Tata has now confirmed there are no serious injuries and all employees have been accounted for. All fires now under control. Excellent multi agency response from @swpolice @SWFireandRescue @SWPPortTalbot.”

Resident Damian Healey told Sky News he felt a “strange compression” in the air and it sounded “as though a jet were about to pass”.

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One man described how the blast blew his bedroom door open, while others said their entire homes shook.

Another resident said there was a “very strong smell of sulphur” and multiple helicopters hovering over the steelworks shortly after the incident.

People living near Port Talbot have reported hearing a loud explosion
Image: People living near Port Talbot have reported hearing a loud explosion

A video shared online purported to be of the “explosion” showed several bright flashes.

South Wales Police confirmed the incident is “ongoing” and emergency services are at the scene.

It added: “Early indications are that the seat of the explosion was a train which carries molten metal into the works.

“The explosion caused some small fires which are all under control and damage to some buildings on the site.”

The force have asked the public to avoid the area.

According to the fire and rescue service, there are no concerns regarding hazardous effects from the smoke.

The motorway remains open.

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