Reports surfaced Monday about a massive explosion near Oxford, England, in the United Kingdom.

Footage showed a fireball lighting up the sky after the explosion.


Residents in multiple towns reported power outages after the explosion.

According to BBC, a lightning strike caused a gas explosion at a food waste recycling plant in Oxfordshire.

BBC reports:

Witnesses reported seeing a fireball light up the night sky after the blast at the Severn Trent Green Power Plant at Cassington, north of Oxford.

The company said the strike caused one of its biogas tanks to explode at about 19:20 BST.

It said nobody had been injured and staff were working with the emergency services to secure the site.

Severn Trent Green Power processes food waste turning into biogas

Residents have reported power outages in Witney, Burford, Chipping Norton and Milton-under-Wychwood.

The recycling plant said it was working with emergency services to secure the site.

Thames Valley Police said officers were at the scene.

Severn Trent Green Power posted via Facebook:

A spokesperson for Severn Trent Green Power said: “This evening a digester tank at our Cassington facility near Yarnton, Oxfordshire, has been struck by lightning which has caused an explosion in our biogas tanks.

“Thankfully no one has been hurt and we are working with the emergency services to make sure the site is safe so that we can assess the damage as soon as possible.”


“Severn Trent Green Power is the UK’s leading food waste recycling and green waste composting provider,” according to its Facebook page.

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