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

04:40  15 january  2020
04:40  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The order to stay inside was lifted about three hours after the explosion. Quim Torra, the regional president of Catalonia, Spain ’s northeastern region, told local reporters that “no toxic agent” had been detected in the air and that people should not fear for their health.

The blast in the port city of Tarragona sent a column of black smoke into the sky and prompted local authorities to warn people in surrounding areas to stay inside as a precaution. One person was killed when the shockwave generated by the explosion caused a building to collapse, local media reported.

(Video by Reuters)

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.

The shock waves from the initial blast were felt several miles from the factory, the authorities said, and the one fatality was reported in a building damaged by tremors.

a factory with smoke coming out of it: An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Catalonia killed at least one person. © David Oliete/Associated Press An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Catalonia killed at least one person.

The blast occurred at about 7 p.m. at a factory housing the Iqoxe company on the outskirts of Tarragona, a city whose metropolitan area includes several hundred thousand people.

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The exact moment of a massive explosion at a chemical plant in Tarragona, Spain which led two six injuries and one death was caught on camera. Catalonia's civil defense agency has warned people to stay inside until more is known about the blast which took place at an ethylene oxide processing

A huge fire has broken out at a chemical plant in Tarragona, Spain following an explosion at the site. Catalonia's civil defense agency is warning locals to shelter indoors until the extent of the blast is known. Eight firefighting teams have been deployed to tackle the blaze, according to local authorities.

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The factory is Spain’s only producer of ethylene oxide, which can be transformed into ethylene glycol, a chemical that is used to help manufacture a wide range of products, including antifreeze, packaging film, plastic bottles and polyester fibers for clothing.

A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The explosion was reported in a part of the plant that opened last year, after an investment of about 10 million euros, according to local news reports.

The authorities offered no immediate explanation for the explosion. Firefighters struggled throughout the night to battle the blaze, declaring it under control at about midnight.

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Video footage has emerged showing the aftermath of a deadly chemical plant explosion in Tarragona, Spain . Local authorities dispatched firefighting teams to the scene and urged nearby residents to stay inside and close their doors and windows as a precaution against a chemical leak.

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Emergency responders are pictured following an explosion at a chemical factory in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain January 14, 2020 in this screen grab taken from a video. Forta/Reuters TV via REUTERS Emergency responders are pictured following an explosion at a chemical factory in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain January 14, 2020 in this screen grab taken from a video. Forta/Reuters TV via REUTERS

The order to stay inside was lifted about three hours after the explosion. Quim Torra, the regional president of Catalonia, Spain’s northeastern region, told local reporters that “no toxic agent” had been detected in the air and that people should not fear for their health.

Two of the injured were being treated Tuesday night for burn injuries, and their condition was described as critical. Eight were injured in all, and one person was reported missing, emergency officials said.

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