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Blast at Czech chemical plant kills six

22 March 2018

An explosion at Unipetrol’s refinery and chemical plant in the Czech Republic on March 22 killed six people, local news agency CTK reported. A Unipetrol spokesman confirmed a blast had occurred at a plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital, Prague. The agency also said others were seriously injured and police said emergency services were responding to the explosion.

"We have received information about six dead and several others seriously injured," regional fire service spokeswoman Vladimira Kerekova told CTK.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

In a brief statement, Unipetrol said a fire broke out in a storage tank and that there was no further danger. Czech TV said there was no risk to residents in Kralupy as the town was some distance from the plant.

Unipetrol is one of the largest oil distributing companies and producers of plastics in the Czech Republic. The plant manufactures toughened polystyrene as well as synthetic rubber for shoes and sports equipment.

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