Explosion in Spain triggers chemical emergency

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MADRID (AP) — An emergency services agency in northeastern Spain says a big explosion has rocked an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona.

A tweet by the emergency services for the Catalonia region on Tuesday called the blast a “chemical accident”and advised residents to refrain from going outside as a preventive measure.

The service says no information immediately was available on possible deaths or injuries. Local residents posted videos showing the aftermath of the blast, with flames and a big column of black smoke emerging from an area dotted with big industrial tanks.

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