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US News One dead in 'chemical emergency' after plant explosion in Spain

22:40  14 january  2020
22:40  14 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Chemical Plant Blast in Spain Kills One and Prompts Order to Stay Inside

  Chemical Plant Blast in Spain Kills One and Prompts Order to Stay Inside MADRID — An explosion and fire at a petrochemical factory in Catalonia on Tuesday killed at least one person and injured several more, prompting officials to block roads, suspend rail service and order nearby residents to stay inside. MADRID — An explosion and fire at a petrochemical factory in Catalonia on Tuesday killed at least one person and injured several more, prompting officials to block roads, suspend rail service and order nearby residents to stay inside.

A chemical plant in Spain has exploded © Other A chemical plant in Spain has exploded

One person has died in the Spanish province of Tarragona after an explosion at a chemical plant, according to several local media outlets.

Four people are also being treated for "major burns", local officials say.

Officials in the region, which is home to a major chemical industry, have issued an emergency alert as a result of the explosion.

a close up of smoke: People are being warned to stay indoors as a result of the fire. Pic: Twitter/ Laura Presicce © Getty People are being warned to stay indoors as a result of the fire. Pic: Twitter/ Laura Presicce

Emergency services have called the explosion, which reportedly happened at the Iqoxe plant, a "chemical accident", and have advised people in the area to stay inside and close windows and doors until officials can assess the severity of the incident.

Explosion in north-eastern Spain triggers chemical emergency

  Explosion in north-eastern Spain triggers chemical emergency Some local residents said that the blast could be heard from miles away. Tarragona is located 70 miles south west of Barcelona, the regional capital of Spain’s Catalonia region.Since 2015, the city has housed a 1,200-hectare “chemical hub”, ChemMed, that was described as the largest of its kind in southern Europe.MSN UK is committed to Empowering the Planet and taking urgent action to protect our environment against the climate crisis. We’re supporting those on the front line tackling the Australian bushfire crisis. Find out more about our campaign here.

They add, however: "There is no evidence of a toxic cloud".

Videos online show a huge fire in the area, with a mushroom cloud floating above the plant following the explosion.

a factory with smoke coming out of it: The fire can be seen for several miles around © Other The fire can be seen for several miles around

Local residents have told a radio station that the explosion could be heard for miles around.

Some roads in the area have been closed, while some local train travel has been been suspended.

Tarragona, which has a population of 800,000, is 115km (71 miles) south west of Barcelona, the regional capital of Catalonia.

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