Witnesses have told of the moment a building at Didcot Power Station apparently collapsed and the huge cloud of smoke spewed above Oxfordshire.
Adrian Redhead told Sky News it was a “massive explosion… a massive dust cloud came across”.
He said: “I looked out of the bedroom window and half the building was missing and rest is hanging on by a thread.”
David Cooke, who works at Thames Cryogenics in a building overlooking the power station, said: “Our building shook and as we looked out of the window, the end of the main turbine hall collapsed in a huge pile of dust.
“It totally obscured the towers and must have drifted across the roads and main rail line. What”s left looks a tangled mess. The dust was hanging over the area for five to 10 minutes.
“First thought was it didn”t looked planned, followed by the thought that people are going to have been hurt.”
Mark Stringer, from a nearby MOT centre, told the Oxford Mail: “Something has gone down.” He added: “I would say about a fifth of it has gone.”
One person is said to have had to drive through the black cloud of smoke with headlights on to see through it.