Full list of Melbourne areas affected by chemical explosion
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Full list of Melbourne areas affected by chemical explosion

By Ashley Knickel for Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

09:58 10 Jul 2024, updated 09:58 10 Jul 2024

A massive chemical explosion occurred in parts of Melbourne on Wednesday, prompting residents in some areas to stay indoors.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire, which broke out on Swann Drive in Derrimut, about 30km from Melbourne’s central business district, at about 11.20am on Wednesday.

Thick, black smoke rose into the air – the force of the explosion was so powerful that it threw a barrel of chemicals hundreds of meters into the air.

A ‘be careful and act’ warning has been issued to all residents and workers in Albion, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Laverton North, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Tottenham and Truganina.

“Winds are blowing toxic smoke east over Derrimut,” the alert said.

“Anyone in the smoke-affected area should immediately seek shelter in an enclosed space.”

Residents outside their homes were advised not to return, while those who remained in the area were ordered to close all doors, windows and vents.

The factory is located near a gas pipeline, but emergency services have not issued any warnings regarding the infrastructure.

Full list of Melbourne areas affected by chemical explosion
Residents in several Melbourne suburbs have been warned to stay indoors after a massive chemical explosion in Derrimut, in the city’s west.

At 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, a huge explosion occurred in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Last year, one worker died and two others were injured in a fire that also followed an explosion at the Swann Drive plant.

Traffic was rerouted away from the area and the exit lanes of the Western Freeway near the plant and Swann Drive were closed until further notice.

Drivers in the area were advised to keep their windows open to avoid inhaling the smoke and not to slow down to see the fire.

Paramedics are also present at the scene.

It is believed that no one was injured in the factory.
Residents in the area are advised to stay indoors as the dense smoke could have a negative impact on air quality.
A community warning has been issued for the suburbs of Albion, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Laverton North, Sunshine, Sunshine West, Tottenham and Truganina

A Victoria Police spokesman said there were no reports of any injuries at the time.

It is believed that all people in the building left the area safely.

“Traffic is expected to be disrupted in the area for some time as Swann Drive will be closed and westbound traffic on the Deer Park Bypass will be at a standstill for safety reasons.”

Ambulance Victoria said crews arrived at the scene at about 11.15am.

“Paramedics are currently at the scene, monitoring the health of the person. No one has been transported to hospital at this stage,” the spokesman said.

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