At least one dead after explosion and fire at chemical plant in Spain
A massive blaze at a chemical plant in the Spanish port city of Tarragona has now been brought under control by firefighters, emergency services said.
The blast, which took place 115 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, on Tuesday evening was heard as far away as 50 kilometres and shook the walls of houses, residents told a local radio station.
At least one person is dead and five seriously injured, authorities said.
Early reports suggested that 6 people had been injured in the explosion, at least one seriously, according to emergency services in Tarragona.
Local residents posted videos showing the aftermath of the blast, with flames and a big column of black smoke emerging from an area dotted with big industrial tanks.
Tarragona is a city of 800,000 and the capital of Spain's Catalonia region. Since 2015, it has housed a 1,200-hectare chemical hub known as ChemMed which is the largest of its kind in southern Europe, AP reported.
Quim Torra, Catalonia's president since 2018, said he was monitoring the situation.
"On the way to Tarragona to follow closely the evolution of the explosion. Follow the instructions of the civil protection at all times."