ON 15 May, an explosion at a chemicals plant in an industrial zone in Venice, Italy seriously burned two workers and sent clouds of smoke and flames into the sky, reports Reuters.
Citing local media, Reuters states that the explosion “hit” 3V Sigma, a specialty chemicals company. Reportedly, the blast prompted local authorities to order residents to stay indoors and close windows.
The scene was attended by ambulances and fire services, as well as officials from environmental agency ARPAV.
According to the news agency, an official from the civil protection department, Gianpaolo Bottacin, said that the area was blocked off to prevent the fire from extending beyond the 3V Sigma site. He added that he doubted it would be put out any time soon. The report does not note if or when the fire was extinguished.
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