What was the loud explosion in Hartlepool? Mystery of big bang heard across Hartlepool solved

The mystery of a loud explosion which shattered the stillness of lockdown in Hartlepool today has been solved.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 6:20 pm

Residents including Radio Tees DJ Neil Green took to social media after the sound of a loud explosion ripped through the town this afternoon.

A number of people said they believed it had come from the direction of Able UK’s site in Tees Road - and they have now been confirmed to be correct.

The sound was that of a controlled explosion as part of a contract the firm is carrying out to demolish gas rigs from the Sable Island field off Canada.

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An Able UK spokesman said: “It was a controlled explosion as part of demolition work on platforms from the Sable Island contract.”

A Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed the brigade had been informed in advance.

Residents across Hartlepool reported hearing the loud sound

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Able UK confirmed the noise was a controlled explosion at the site