Seven hurt as coffee machine explodes

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Seven people suffered minor injuries when a coffee machine exploded at a supermarket today.

The blast involved an industrial machine at Sainsbury's in the Kingsmead Shopping Centre, Farnborough, Hampshire. The casualties included customers and staff.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said six people were taken to Frimley Park Hospital in nearby Surrey after the incident at about 12.20pm.

The store was evacuated and environmental health officials informed, the spokesman added.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said a ruptured pipe in the machine caused the explosion and the store was able to reopen.

"Colleague and customer safety is our main priority," the spokesman said.

"The store was evacuated and closed while the council's environmental health officers undertook an inspection.

"The cafe will remain closed until we have completed a full investigation into the cause of this incident."

One of those taken to hospital was a 23-year-old woman with head, arm and eye injuries, South Central Ambulance Service said.

Rushmoor Borough Council is investigating the incident and not the Health and Safety Executive.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Crews from Rushmoor fire station attended the incident, where they found no fire. However, a number of people were in need of first aid treatment.

"Firefighters assisted with first aid and made the scene safe."