Video footage has emerged showing the aftermath of a deadly chemical plant explosion in Tarragona, Spain. As a pillar of fire and smoke looked over the historic streets of the city, panicked residents fled in terror.
The plant, located just outside the port city of Tarragona, caught fire and exploded on Tuesday evening. Local authorities dispatched firefighting teams to the scene and urged nearby residents to stay inside and close their doors and windows as a precaution against a chemical leak. One person has been reported dead and six injured.
Video footage captured by onlookers shows a ball of white-hot flame erupting from the plant and towering over nearby buildings. As the blaze continued and emergency services closed in on the scene, a column of black smoke rose hundreds of meters into the night sky.
Una química en Tarragona ha explotado pic.twitter.com/sdQvpBoAHt
— shhhu cuidaito en (@grefergo) January 14, 2020
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 14, 2020
On street level, the scene was one of terror. In the market district of Buenavista, screaming citizens rushed to get off the streets, as the inferno painted the sky red. The tower of smoke and fire loomed over the neighborhood, dwarfing its buildings.
Vídeo de Bonavista. Activat el Pla Secqat. Hi treballen set dotacions de Bombers. pic.twitter.com/AXzQ9slnN2
— Joan Mercadé (@JoanMerka97) January 14, 2020
— 🔥 MEH! 🔥 (@chino_pelirrojo) January 14, 2020
The blaze dominated the view from apartment windows, and could be seen by motorists on the city’s outskirts.
Muy preocupados por la explosión que ha tenido lugar en el Polígono Químico Sur de #Tarragona.
Esperemos que no haya compañeros o compañeras heridas.
Ante todo seguir las indicaciones de seguridad por los canales oficiales. pic.twitter.com/sKU4C1NMpn
— Toni Carmona (@toni_carmona_) January 14, 2020
M’acaben de passar això, un familiar, sembla que hi ha hagut una explosió a la petroquímica (??) Podeu veure l’edifici del 112 (Constantí crec) @tv3cat @324cat @112 @emergenciescat @mossos @bomberscat @Cati_Tarragona @TGNdigital pic.twitter.com/vENqyyU4Yu
— 𝐔𝐧𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐃𝐮𝐊𝐞 (@UncrownedDuke) January 14, 2020
The plant belongs to chemicals firm IQOXE, and processes ethylene oxide. It is the only producer of ethylene oxide and glycol in Spain and Portugal. IQOXE invested more than 10 million euros into expanding the facility in 2017, bringing its annual production up to 140,000 tons.
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