One dead after huge explosion rocks recycling centre

Scotland: Police lock down Friarton Bridge in Perth following explosion

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One man has died and another is in hospital after an explosion and fire at a recycling centre in Scotland. The incident happened about 12.45am at the Shore recycling centre on Friarton Road in Perth.

Emergency services attended and the body of a 46-year-old man was found.

He has yet to be formally identified but his next of kin are aware.

Another man, aged 41, was taken to Ninewells Hospital with serious injuries where his condition is described as stable.

The M90 is closed at Friarton bridge. Traffic is being diverted and road users are advised to avoid the area.

Chief Inspector Tom Leonard, area commander for Perth and Kinross, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who has died at what is a very difficult time for them.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of what has happened and officers are conducting a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to thank members of the public, particularly road users, for their patience while our colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue service work to put out the fire.

“Officers are continuing to liaise with other emergency services and partners while enquiries are carried out.”

The fire service said six fire engines and other specialist appliances are tackling the blaze.

Traffic Scotland tweeted: “The Friarton Bridge remains closed both ways due to a serious fire.

“There’s no estimated time for the bridge to reopen.

“Police are still asking drivers to avoid the area.”

Pictures from the scene shows huge clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky.

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