The explosion occurred at approximately 10 am local time in the machine room of the EDF Flamanville nuclear plant near the port of Cherbourg and the Channel Islands.
Medical and emergency teams have been sent to the plant.
France's nuclear power station explosion
Not a nuclear accident
A senior regional official by the name of Olivier Marmion told the local media, "It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident." He also added that one of the plant's nuclear reactors had been shut down as a precautionary measure.
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