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Explosion rocks Chilean city after incident at explosives factory

19 April 2021

The city of Calama in the north of Chile was rocked by a large explosion on April 16. The incident happened at a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex, a manufacturer of explosives for the mining industry.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Buildings across Calama were shook and car alarms up to 15 miles (25km) away were set off following the blast. Enaex said in a statement that the blast happened at around 16:45 local time and originated in a storage warehouse for products used in the process of manufacturing dynamite.

Enaex said that one person suffered minor injuries. A large pillar of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky from several miles away as police cordoned off the area and firefighters battled an ensuing blaze.

The company’s statement said that its emergency protocols were immediately activated following the explosion and the relevant authorities were notified. Enaex said it had launched an investigation to find out the cause of the explosion.

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