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Giant Toxic Cloud Hangs over Spanish Town After Explosion

An orange toxic cloud hangs over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion in a chemical plant on Feb. 12.

Three people at the plant were injured in the explosion, which also forced some 60,000 people in the surrounding communities to remain confined indoors for hours, La Verdad newspaper reported.

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Catalan authorities told people to shut their windows and stay inside as a precaution, and cut off some roads in the area as well as a train line.

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A toxic cloud fills the sky over a roadway outside Igualada, Spain.

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Firefighters work in the area after a chemical explosion in Igualada, Spain. A spokeswoman for Catalonia’s regional firefighting department said the blast occurred when products being delivered to a warehouse in the city of Igualada were mixed, exploded and set a truck on fire.

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The region’s Civil Protection department ordered some 65,000 residents of Igualada and four nearby towns to stay indoors until the cloud dissipated. The order was lifted two hours later but maintained for pregnant women, children, elderly people and those with respiratory problems.

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