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Three injured in Catalonia chemical plant explosion

13 February 2015

Three people were reportedly injured in a chemical explosion in north-eastern Spain, which created a toxic orange cloud. Residents in towns around Igualada were initially told to stay indoors, but the restrictions were lifted after about four hours. The incident appears to have been caused by two chemicals accidentally mixing during a delivery to the plant, Reuters quoted the regional government in Catalonia saying.

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The thick orange cloud caused by the explosion at Simar, a chemical distribution company, covered a wide area around the site, some 60 km (40 miles) from Barcelona. One of the two chemicals involved was nitric acid, which is corrosive and toxic.

"Unfortunately there isn't much wind in the area so the toxic cloud is taking longer to disperse," the Catalan Interior Ministry's Ramon Espadelar told El Pais.

No further details were given over the incident or the extent of the injuries to the casualties.

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