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Lightning Strike Leads to Huge Explosion at Oxford Recycling Plant Lightning strike at recycling factory trigger gas explosion and outages.

Witnesses said they heard a tremendous blast and saw a “fireball” light up the sky.

Although emergency personnel are on the scene, a spokeswoman from Severn Trent Green Power told the PA news agency that no one was hurt in the incident.

On the horizon, a video and photographs shared on social media show a pyramid of flames inside a yellow and orange mushroom-like form.

Severn Trent Green Power said that biogas from a container ignited at its Cassington AD Facility, near Oxford airport, at around 7.20 p.m., and that it was collaborating with emergency services to secure the facility.

Every year, the facility handles around 50,000 tons of solid and liquid trash.

Mysterious Sky Glow

Ana Cavey, who lives in Somerton, approximately 15 miles north of Oxford, told Sky News:

“We’ve had the most unbelievable thunder and lightning storm ever. It appeared out of nowhere and made an unbelievable amount of noise.”

She stated that her power had been down for the majority of the evening and had only recently been restored.

Another eyewitness described seeing a “strange pulsing sky out of our windows” to the Oxford Mail.

According to the BBC:

“Power disruptions have occurred in Witney, Burford, Chipping Norton, and Milton-under-Wychwood.”

Additional observers reported witnessing “orange lightning” and described hearing noises resembling a car collision near their residence.

One user said on social media,

“The sky was glowing for about two minutes and then it just disappeared.”

Thames Valley police said in a statement:

“Our officers are currently on the scene of a fire at a waste plant near Yarnton, Oxfordshire.”

During adverse weather conditions this evening, it is believed that lightning ignited gas containers at the location, resulting in a significant fire.

On Monday evening, the Met Office issued a yellow weather alert for thunderstorms in Oxford.

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