The calls are numerous, both from the fire brigade and to the France Bleu Isère switchboard this Thursday morning from around 8:55 to report a draw “of the“explosion (s) at the Arkema chemical site in Jarrie, Isère. Some also indicate the presence”from a cloudabove the site The first images are also on the way.
The alarm siren has sounded: the prefecture of Isère asks people who are within a perimeter of 1,100 meters around the quay to stay at home. The authorities also call “don’t panic“. The fumes are being analyzed.
Residents heard three explosions, then saw a great wave of smoke. “I jumped up to look at what had happened and saw this really impressive big black smoke“, Testifies about France Bleu Isère Michel, who lives right in front of the Arkema site.
According to our information, the explosions occurred in a packaging sector and not in production. No injuries are to be deplored on the site, which produces chlorine in particular and is classified Seveso high threshold. Shortly before 10 am, the Jarry Town Hall announces that the fire brigade “have the situation under control“and does not report”no toxic risk“, stating that”the alert to the population was activated by the Prefect as a preventive measure“.
The Jarrie overpass is closed to traffic, and from the entrance to the perimeter to Saut du Moine and the Champagnier road. The gendarmes mark the perimeter. Arkema employs 340 people in Jarrie.