Industrial blast with victims at a chemical plant in the Czech Republic


One 42-year-old male was taken from the building suffering from head injuries. Another person has burns to 10% of his body and a third has “devastating facial injuries”. A high-level ‘trauma-plan’ has been activated at nearby hospitals. Helicopters were at the scene. Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tank for fuels and additives in its refinery. The refinery has annual capacity of 3.2 million tonnes of oil.


Petr Holecek, the town’s mayor, told to media that a tank with an unspecified substance exploded. Emergency services are at the scene. There was no danger to the town, No dangerous substances have leaked out. The explosion took place at the territory of a private company. The fire did not break out. The area has been closed, according police. There was no danger of new blasts. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast. Synthos is a huge Polish manufacturing firm which employs 2700 people worldwide. The company manufactures the largest volumes of synthetic rubber and expandable polystyrene in Europe.


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