Action after boy partially blinded in Essex rail detonator explosion

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Network Rail has been criticised after a teenager lost the sight in his right eye when a railway detonator exploded.

The injury happened after detonators - which are used as fog signals - were taken from a depot in Leigh-on-Sea and put on on a bonfire at a nearby park.

The Office of Rail Regulation said some detonator storage at the Essex depot where the explosives had been taken from was unsuitable.

Network Rail said it took immediate action to address concerns.

'Poor record keeping'

The 15-year old boy, who is from the town, was injured in the incident in August last year.

A spokesman for the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said: "Inspectors found evidence of poor record keeping, and examples of detonators being stored in unsuitable locations."

Network Rail has taken immediate action, he said, but inspectors would take further action if other failings are identified.

A Network Rail spokewoman said: "Safety is our number one priority. We run one of the safest railways in Europe and incidents such as these are extremely rare.

"After this incident we took immediate action to fix the issues found by the Office of Rail Regulation to improve storage, record keeping and security of our equipment."

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