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Huge explosion rips roof off grain silo at Port of Tilbury sparking massive emergency response

  • Firefighters battle ‘major incident’ at Tilbury Grain Terminal after massive explosion in grain silo
  • Dramatic photographs show blast has blown off the roof, with residents hearing a ‘huge bang’
  • Some locals said explosion was so loud that it rattled the windows and ‘shook’ nearby houses
  • Essex Fire and Rescue Service says four crews were called to the scene at 9.55am this morning

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Firefighters were today battling a ‘major incident’ at Tilbury Grain Terminal after a massive explosion in a grain silo.

Dramatic photographs showed the blast had blown off the roof, with nearby residents hearing a ‘huge bang’ shortly before 10am which was so loud that it rattled the windows of nearby homes.

Geoff Stringfellow, who lives nearby, told local website Thurrock Nub News: ‘I was indoors and heard a huge bang. It was so loud all the windows shook and rattled.’

Other locals reported hearing ‘a lot of sirens’ and seeing helicopters flying overhead, while another said the explosion was ‘very loud’ and a third added that it ‘shook my whole house’. 

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews were called to the scene at 9.55am today, with two teams attending from Grays, one from Orsett and one from Corringham.

A Port of Tilbury spokesman said: ‘We confirm that there has been a major incident at the grain terminal within the Port of Tilbury. There have been no injuries reported and the emergency services are in attendance.’ 

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Photographs showed the blast had blown the roof off the grain silo at Tilbury Grain Terminal in Essex this morning

Photographs showed the blast had blown the roof off the grain silo at Tilbury Grain Terminal in Essex this morning

One resident said of the blast today: 'I was indoors and heard a huge bang. It was so loud all the windows shook and rattled'

One resident said of the blast today: ‘I was indoors and heard a huge bang. It was so loud all the windows shook and rattled’

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews were called to the scene in Tilbury at 9.55am today

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews were called to the scene in Tilbury at 9.55am today

Firefighters were today battling a 'major incident' at Tilbury Grain Terminal after the massive explosion in the grain silo

Firefighters were today battling a ‘major incident’ at Tilbury Grain Terminal after the massive explosion in the grain silo

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