A dramatic explosion rocked Oxford, in south-central England, as lightning struck gas containers at a waste plant, leading to a significant fire, according to local authorities. Videos captured by some in the surrounding area show the true magnitude of the flames.
The strike caused a massive explosion at a recycling plant in Oxford, England, leading to a significant fire and power outages in the surrounding areas. The explosion occurred at the Severn Trent Green Power facility, which processes more than 50,000 tons of solid and liquid waste each year1. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a "fireball" lighting up the sky1. Videos captured by some in the surrounding area show the true magnitude of the flames35. Emergency services were called to the scene, and the fire was brought under control6. No one is thought to have been injured in the blast1. The explosion caused power outages in Witney, Burford, Chipping Norton, and Milton-under-Wychwood1. The incident occurred due to lightning striking gas containers at the waste plant124.