Paris incense factory explosion injures five, two seriously
31 January 2017
On January 30 an explosion in an incense factory in Montrouge, in the southern suburbs of Paris, left five people injured, two of whom were said by police to be in a serious condition. There were twelve employees in the building at the time of the explosion.
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A Paris fire service spokesperson said the windows of the factory were open, so the explosion was not confined, and an ensuing fire was quickly brought under control. A hundred firefighters were on site with about thirty vehicles, according to AFP.
The factory makes Paper of Armenia, incense-impregnated paper, and is one of the oldest in Paris having been set up in 1885. During production, benzoin - a resin derived from the Styrax shrub, macerates in alcohol at 96 ° C for two to three months.
According to the firefighters, production machinery and furniture were damaged by the explosion and windows were blown out.