An explosion November 6 at the Rigoni chemical facility in Córdoba, located in north western Argentina, injured 66, including police and firefighters, according to the Buenos Aires Herald. The blast also damaged about 20 buildings and left a huge crater in the facility's backyard. A gas cloud was seen above the area immediately after the explosion.
Two of the victims were in serious condition.
A preliminary investigation points to the overheating of a machine as the cause of the explosion that occurred at about 8pm local time. The investigation also revealed the existence of highly flammable products, although the company had no legal authorization to stock such substances. The plant’s owner has been arrested and accused of “aggravated criminal damage.”
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