Huge explosion hit chemical factory in Valencia, Spain

Valencia chemical factory explosion
A massive explosion occurred at a chlorine factory in Spain.

The incident has sparked fears toxic gases could have been released into the air.

Footage from the scene showed huge flames and plumes of thick, black smoke after the factory ignited.

The factory is located on the Fuente del Jarro industrial estate in Paterna, near Valencia.

It is believed that the part of the factory where the explosion occurred, shortly after 9.30am local time (8.30 GMT), is the area where chlorine is manufactured.

It is unknown yet whether any employees were inside the building at the time of the incident.

Local police have blocked off access to the factory and are currently deciding whether to evacuate the rest of the buildings.

Witnesses heard several different explosions around the time of the incident and plumes of smoke were visible over a mile away.

Fire engines were dispatched to the scene from the Paterna, Burjassot and Catarroja Fire Departments.

Several ambulances were also sent to assist at the site.

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