A powerful explosion struck a storage facility housing hazardous chemicals in China’s Jingjiang province on Friday, causing a huge ongoing blaze.
A plume of black smoke has been rising from the storage reservoir engulfed in flames.
The factory stores chemicals and petrol.
China’s media outlet 163.com says there are a total of 42 reservoirs at the oil processing facility where the explosion occurred.
There have been no immediate reports about any injured or dead in the incident so far. According to photos published on social networks, a huge column of dense smoke is rising hundreds of meters into the sky.
— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) April 22, 2016
A large number of firefighting teams are said to be at the site of the explosion and fire.
— 中国大陆新闻 (@cnmainland) April 22, 2016
Witnesses report a pungent smell spreading in the area around the burning chemical storage.
It has been reported that fire has seized hold of two reservoirs containing petrol and that a couple of liquid storage tanks have already burned out completely.
— Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) April 22, 2016
Constant monitoring of environmental pollution is being maintained in the emergency area.