Toxic cloud spreads over towns

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Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Residents of two north-eastern towns in Spain have been ordered to stay indoors after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area.

The blast occurred when products being delivered to a warehouse in the city of Igualada became mixed, exploded and set a truck on fire, according to a spokeswoman for Catalonia’s regional fire service. She said two people were slightly injured.

The Red Cross cited firefighters as saying the chemicals were nitric acid and ferric chloride.

The spokeswoman said firefighters have urged some 40,000 residents of Igualada and the nearby town of Odena to stay indoors until the cloud dissipates. She said the town’s water systems are also being checked.

Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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