Explosion at Oxfordshire recycling plant after lightning strike

A lightning strike has caused a huge gas explosion at a food waste recycling plant in Oxfordshire.

From the CCTV clock the explosion took place at 19:11:19 BST and was detected by the RSBOOM at 18:12:35 UTC which matches with the distance of approx 27km.


With something of that size, I am glad to hear that there were no casualties.

This is what remains of the three tanks after the event.


Looks like they were covered by plastic. Interestingly, what I have read on Anaerobic Digesters strongly recommends having lightning protection (aka lightning rods) around them. Lightning isn’t that unusual in England. Particularly the SW where the weather is influenced more by the EU continent.

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