One dead in ‘chemical emergency’ after plant explosion in Spain

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

Image: People are being warned to stay indoors as a result of the fire. Pic: Twitter/ Laura Presicce

Image: The fire can be seen for several miles around
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.
They add, however: “There is no evidence of a toxic cloud”.

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

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

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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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Source : Sky News