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Man dies after huge blast that ‘shook houses’ in estate

Jul 22, 2019

A man has died after an "almighty" explosion on a housing estate.

Police and fire crews rushed to the Pontypool estate in Monmouthshire in South Wales at 11.10am this morning.

Despite arriving five minutes after they were called out the emergency services were unable to save the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Wales Online reported.

A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: “We can now confirm that one man, was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.

"Formal identification has yet to take place, and the owners of the property will be supported by specialist officers.

“The cause of death has yet to be established and this will be determined following a post mortem.

"At this moment in time it is too early to confirm whether the death is suspicious.”

Significant damage has been done to the property.

A cordon is still in place.

One local resident said: “I was stood in my house and there was this almighty bang. The whole house shook and we saw this massive plume of smoke and somebody screaming.

“People came out to see what was happening and the emergency services were here in about five minutes."

At 3.30pm a dozen fire and police officers were still coming and going into the property.

Retired fire officer Paul Taylor, who lives nearby, said: “There was a loud explosion and it sounded like the roof was coming off.

“I drove around and it looked like the garage door had blown off.”

He explained that the “popping sounds” he and several other residents heard are common in these sort of incidents and could be anything from aerosol cans to tons of paint.

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