Chemical emergency alert activated in northeastern Spain after explosion

Elias Hubbard
January 15, 2020

A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, a regional emergency services agency said Tuesday.

The explosion led to a fire, the regional service said.

One person died as a effect of an explosion at a chemical factory in Spain's north-eastern Tarragona province, Spanish media reports.

The fire was now contained, the spokesman said, adding that two people suffered severe burns, another victim sustained less severe burns and three had light injuries.

Emergency services insist there was no toxic cloud, according to the paper. Around 20 emergency vehicles were at the site.

It urged residents of Tarragona and a number of nearby towns to close windows and doors and stay indoors.

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.

A blast ripped through a factory in the Catalan city of Tarragona on Tuesday, with authorities advising residents of certain areas on the city to stay indoors.

Tarragona is located 71 miles southwest of Barcelona, the regional capital of Spain's Catalonia region.

Since 2015, the city has housed a 1,200-hectare (2,965-acre) 'chemical hub, ' ChemMed, that was described as the largest of its kind in southern Europe.

Quim Torra, Catalonia's president since 2018, said he was monitoring the situation.

Tuesday's explosion comes just over a month after a December 11 blaze at a solvent and industrial residues recycling plant in the northeastern town of Montornes del Valles.

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