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3Com's European HQ damaged in oil depot blast

Employees unscathed

An explosion at an oil depot near Hemel Hempstead yesterday damaged the headquarters of 3Com's regional operations for EMEA, the company has reported. There were no injuries among its employees as a result of the blast.

A series of explosions at the Buncefield facility took place at 6am local time on Sunday, injuring 43 people and forcing more than 2,000 others to be evacuated from their homes, according to local news reports. The explosions reportedly shattered windows and blew the roofs off nearby homes.

Blasts continued at the site throughout Sunday, according to local reports. While the cause of the incident has not been discovered, authorities appear to have ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.

3Com's Hemel Hempstead office is located roughly 400 yards from the site of the explosions, the company said. There are 300 people employed at the office, primarily in sales, marketing and product operations groups.

The firm did not detail the damage caused by the blasts.

3Com's emergency response team has been in contact with its employees and contractors that work at Hemel Hempstead, and has activated its backup systems. There will be minimal impact on customers while 3Com works to restore the affected operations, the company has said.


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