LATEST: Reports of chemical explosion at industrial estate

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There have been reports of an explosion at an industrial estate in west Lancashire.

Former Lancashire Evening Post photographer Ian Robinson snapped this picture of plumes of smoke billowing from a unit at Burscough Industrial Estate this afternoon.

Thick black smoke is visible for some distance.

The explosion, which happened this morning, was caused by a fire which spread across several vehicles and burned through to their petrol tanks.. Police confirmed that the incident is not being treated as suspicious and that nobody was injured.