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Explosions at Dutch Shell plant

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 00:47

June.4 - A fire at a Shell chemical plant breaks out after an explosion in the Netherlands late Tuesday night. Sarah Toms reports.

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Fire crews raced to this Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands to tackle a blaze late on Tuesday night. The fire broke out after a series of explosions at the Moerdijk plant. These plumes of smoke could be seen from as far away as 30 kilometres. Remarkably -- considering the scale of the blaze -- only two people suffered minor injuries. The cause of the blasts are still unknown. The plant, which is south of Rotterdam, manufactures oil-based chemicals for products ranging from car components to insulation materials. Shell says its priority is to make sure people nearby are safe and to minimise the environmental impact.

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Explosions at Dutch Shell plant

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 00:47