Blast at Spanish chemical factory

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An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Spain's autonomous Catalonia region has killed at least one person and injured several.

The blast, south of the port city of Tarragona, set off a huge fire. Officials say it was probably sparked by a chemical accident.

Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze in La Canonja municipality.

The explosion happened at 18:40 local time (17:40 GMT).

The dead person was found in a collapsed building. Two of those injured people had serious burns.

Catalonia's civil defence agency advised residents of the city with a population of 800 thousand people to stay at home with closed doors and windows. It is specified that there are no signs of a toxic cloud.

 

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