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Blast rocks French chemistry school; 1 killed

A large explosion rocked a chemistry school in eastern France on Friday, killing a professor and injuring another person, authorities said. About 10 people were unaccounted for.
Recue members work at the National Advan
Recue service team members scour the scene Friday at the National Advanced School of Chemistry in the eastern French city of Mulhouse after an explosion there.Frederick Florin / AFP - Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

A large explosion rocked a chemistry school in eastern France on Friday, killing a professor and injuring another person, authorities said. About 10 people were unaccounted for.

Preliminary indications were that the explosion was not caused by a bomb or act of terrorism.

The blast occurred on the ground floor of the Superior National School of Chemistry in Mulhouse, near France's border with Germany, and was followed by a fire, officials said.

The surrounding area was evacuated, and firefighters put out the subsequent blaze.

Teachers were counting students to determine whether there were any other casualties, France-Info radio reported from the scene.

"We thought it was an earthquake," a resident identified as Jean-Pierre Langer told TF1 television. "It really shook."