A nuclear alert at a fuel plant near Preston was lifted this afternoon after deposits from a chimney filter blow-out were found to be non-hazardous.
Police cordoned off two roads near the Springfields site at Salwick after fragments of a paper filter were blown over the perimeter fence into nearby fields and gardens.
Owners Westinghouse were quick to reassure the public that no dangerous material had escaped in the chimney stack failure.
“Our people have been out doing checks in the area and there is no contamination,” said a company spokesman.
“The roads were cordoned off purely to protect our staff while they were involved in the clear-up. The bits of paper have been tested and they registered only background levels. There was no danger.”
An investigation is now underway into why the filter, on a building which contains uranium products, blew off scattering paper fragments across a wide area.