The explosion of a chemical plant in Spain kills at least 1, injures another 6

A chemical plant in northeastern Spain exploded Tuesday night, killing one person and severely burning at least six people, authorities said.

A tweet of emergency services for the region of Catalonia previously described the massive explosion in the port city of Tarragona as a “chemical accident.”

Interior Minister of the region of Catalonia in Spain, Miquel Buch, tweeted that one person was still missing. Emergency services said doctors were treating two of those injured by major burns.

Smoke rose after the explosion in the industrial center near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, on Tuesday.

Smoke rose after the explosion in the industrial center near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, on Tuesday.
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The civil protection agency was advising people living in parts of the city of 800,000 and nearby towns to close their windows and refrain from leaving as preventive measures.

The videos showed the aftermath of the explosion, with flames and a large column of black smoke coming out of an area dotted with large industrial tanks. Fire departments sent 24 brigades to the area, the regional emergency service said.

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Some people in the area told Radio Tarragona that they could hear the explosion from miles away.

Tarragona is about 71 kilometers southwest of Barcelona.

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Since 2015, the city is home to a “chemical center” of 2,965 acres, ChemMed, which was described as the largest of its kind in southern Europe.

This is a developing story. Check again for updates.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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