Explosions at hazardous waste plant in Spain leave 15 injured (VIDEOS)
Huge columns of smoke can be seen billowing from the site. The factory is situated in Arganda del Rey, some 30km (19 miles) from Madrid. It’s not yet clear what caused the explosions.
Fábrica acaba de explotar en Arganda del Rey. En un colegio cercano se rompieron las ventas y hubo que desalojar. pic.twitter.com/GuKPdr0oxn— Ronald Rueda. (@RonaldRueda) May 4, 2017
Emergency services have evacuated several buildings in the vicinity of the factory, including three schools and an institute of education.
The huge column of black smoke has not yet affected air traffic at the city’s main international airport, Madrid-Barajas. However, it has resulted in several road closures, including the M-300 highway.
Explosión en una nave de La Poveda, Arganda del Rey. pic.twitter.com/r8PI4z6AH8— [C]arlos Ch. (@cachuce) May 4, 2017
.@112cmadrid@guardiacivil@ENAIRE@emergenciasCREM@Arganda_Ayto@PCivil_Arganda#Arganda: Recuerda que la carretera M-300 está CORTADA a causa del incendio, así como viales próximos. Evita circular por la zona. pic.twitter.com/Oa1vyrLuYB— VOST Madrid (@VOSTmadrid) May 4, 2017
Tele Madrid is reporting that three of the victims are seriously injured following several explosions at the Requimsa factory.
Spanish Minister of Health Jesus Sánchez Martos has said that one of the injured has suffered burns to 40 percent of his body while another victim has suffered burns to 30 percent.
Requimsa specializes in the treatment of hazardous waste and the factory is used for the treatment and recovery of solvents.
According to a tweet from the emergency services, the air quality measured after the blasts at a station in Arganda indicates normal readings.
#Arganda.La estación fija de medición calidad de aire de Arganda da valores normales. Una unidad móvil va a medir valores en la zona.— 112 Comunidad Madrid (@112cmadrid) May 4, 2017
.@112cmadrid@guardiacivil@ENAIRE@emergenciasCREM@Arganda_Ayto@PCivil_Arganda#Arganda: La medición de la calidad del aire en la estación fija de Arganda muestra valores NORMALES. https://t.co/mQGeClntOY— VOST Madrid (@VOSTmadrid) May 4, 2017
The ferocity of the blast caused damage to buildings in the surrounding area. It even shattered windows at La Poveda Education institute nearly 1km from the factory. Some local businesses have shared images of the damage to their properties.