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South Africa chemical plant explosion injures four

09 November 2018

Four people were injured on November 8 after an explosion at a chemical factory in Boksburg, Johannesburg. Parts of the factory were completely destroyed and local fire services said five fire engines and about 25 firefighters were on the scene until the subsequent blaze was contained. 

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An Ekurhuleni Emergency Services (EES) spokesperson, quoted by local media, said one patient had a seriously burned head, face and neck, and three others were treated for serious body burns and smoke inhalation.

The spokesperson said there was sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid and many other substances on site that could have caused the explosion, but no firm conclusion could be drawn until an investigation by the relevant authorities had taken place.

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