RESIDENTS across west and central Fife were left frightened in the early hours of Saturday morning when the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran near Cowdenbeath and Crossgates experienced a fault in a valve system.
The result caused a massive noise to be heard as far as Lochgelly and Dalgety Bay from around 3.30am, wakening worried residents from their sleep.
The plant had to be shut down due to the valve failure and when restarted resulted in heavy flaring which saw hundreds of tonnes of gas being burned off from the high tower within the plant. The flame from the flare can still be seen for miles around.
A spokesperson for the Mossmorran plant apologised to residents for any concern caused and said the flaring would continue for up to 72 hours.