Chemical explosion in Spain sends large orange cloud into the air

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Residents in five northeastern towns in Spain were ordered to stay indoors on Thursday for at least two hours after a chemical explosion at a warehouse in Igualada spread a large, orange cloud over the area.

However, Spanish authorities said the cloud wasn’t toxic, and would likely simply cause irritation to the eyes and nose.

A spokeswoman for Catalonia’s regional firefighting department said the chemical blast took place when products being delivered to a warehouse in the city of Igualada became mixed and exploded. Firefighters said the chemicals were nitric acid and ferric chloride.

Three people were reportedly injured in the blast.

Roads in and out of Igualada were cordoned off during the lockdown.

1. Location of warehouse
2. Depiction of delivery to warehouse
3. Depiction of nitric acid and ferric chloride coming into contact with one another
4. Symptoms of contact with toxic cloud
5. People staying indoors, roads and train line shut down

VOICEOVER (in English):

“A chemical explosion took place at a warehouse in Igualada in Spain on Thursday, injuring three people.”

“The regional government of Catalonia said in a statement that the blast appeared to have occurred during delivery to the plant, when nitric acid and ferric chloride came into contact with each other.”

“Officials said the resulting orange cloud of chemicals most likely will cause itchy eyes and a runny nose, but no choking sensation.”

“Catalonia authorities told people to shut their windows and stay inside as a precaution, while some roads and the train line in the area were shut down.”

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