Investigations continue at Peterborough firework factory following fatal blast

Investigators are still at the scene of the firework factory where a young father lost his life in an explosion this week.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 12:30 pm
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 4:57 am
Investigations continuing at the site

Brendan Ledgister (24) was died following the explosion at the Le Maitre factory in Fourth Drove, Fengate on Tuesday.

Brendan, who had recently had a young baby girl, Olivia, with girlfriend Chelsey, died in hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are leading the investigation into the incident, while the case has also been handed to the coroner.

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Brendan Ledgister

Today officers are still working at the scene as they try and piece together what happened.

Following the tragedy, friends and family also paid tribute to popular Brendan on social media.

Kiirsty Thurling said: “R.i.p to my cousin my friend an important person to us all xx”

Shelby Shelbz said: “Rest In peace Brendan. Far too young bro! Love, thoughts and prayers with your family right now

La Maitre Fireworks Explosion. RAF Bomb Disposal return for a second day to the scene of devastation at Le Maitre Fireworks Factory Forth Drove, Peterborough Wednesday 03 October 2018. Picture by Terry Harris. THA

Coral Knight wrote: “Fly high Brendan gone to soon but will never be forgotten”

While Jeanne Venters added: “So sad to hear this. Taught Brendan at TDA . Will always remember his friendliest banter, his good humour. Big hugs to all of his family and close friends. Life cut short much too soon x”

Karen Cornacchia and Rick Wilson, the joint directors of the firm, said they were devastated and shocked by what had happened, describing it as ‘one of the darkest days in the company’s 41-year history.’

Family and friends have also set a fundraising page to help Chelsey and eight-month old Olivia. Hundreds of pounds has already been raised.

La Maitre Fireworks Explosion. RAF Bomb Disposal return for a second day to the scene of devastation at Le Maitre Fireworks Factory Forth Drove, Peterborough Wednesday 03 October 2018. Picture by Terry Harris. THA