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6 dead, 2 hurt in Czech chemical factory explosion

People work at the site of an explosion in a chemical plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
People work at the site of an explosion in a chemical plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
(Petr David Josek / Associated Press)

An explosion rocked a chemical factory Thursday in the Czech Republic, killing six people and injuring two others, officials said.

Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tanks for fuels and additives in its refinery in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, 10 miles north of the capital, Prague.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.

A Kralupy town crisis manager, Lukas Hodik, said the explosion seemed to occur when workers were cleaning an empty tank.

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Regional firefighters confirmed that six people were killed and that the two injured were sent to a hospital. Spokesman Petr Svoboda said there was no danger of further explosions at the site.

No dangerous substances have leaked out, according to police spokeswoman Marketa Jonova.

Acting Prime Minister Andrej Babis expressed his condolences to the relatives of the blast victims.


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