A serious explosion in a Spanish chemical park in Tarragona killed two people on Tuesday. Eight other people were injured, according to Catalan Interior Minister Miquel Buch.
Tarragona/Spain — Shortly after 7 p.m. last Tuesday evening there was a violent explosion in the chemical park in Tarragona. The accident occurred at the company Iqoxe, which produces ethylene oxide at its site there. The cause of the explosion was initially unknown. The Spanish newspapers La Vanguardia and El Pais reported that one of the deaths was caused by the collapse of a building off the chemical park that could not withstand the shock wave of the explosion. A second body was found on Wednesday on the plant's premises.
BASF also operates a production site in the immediate vicinity of the accident site. As the company told the daily Rheinpfalz on Wednesday, no BASF employees were injured. The company fire department provided technical and neighborly support, a company spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
Initially, the authorities had warned the population of potentially harmful smoke, but later announced that there were no signs of toxic substances in the air.