6 Killed, 2 Injured In Czech Chemical Plant Blast

At least 6 people were killed and another two injured after an explosion at a chemical factory on Thursday.

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At least 6 people were killed and another two injured after an explosion at a chemical factory on Thursday.

According to reports, the blast occurred around 1 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Unipetrol’s facility in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic.

AFP News reports that Unipetrol, an oil processor and plastics producer, said the explosion — which was not followed by a fire — took place in one of the refinery’s reservoirs. It is believed the incident occurred while the reservoir was being cleaned.

According to fire officials, six people were killed in the accident. One individual was taken to a local hospital with “devastating facial injuries” while another person suffered burns.

Officials say the incident is under control and there is no risk to Kralupy nad Vltavou residents.

“This morning, there was an explosion at the storage tank without a subsequent fire in the Kralupy refinery,” read a statement on the company’s website. “The situation is under control and there is no other danger. There was no leakage of dangerous substances. We are now collecting more information about the extraordinary event.”

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