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Massive Chemical Plant Explosion Closes Schools

September 26, 2019
An explosion and fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen, France shut down schools in 11 surrounding neighborhoods Thursday. Residents were asked to stay indoors as a result of the blast, which occured just before 3am.
 
Reports indicate that nearly 200 firefighters were deployed to battle the massive blaze. No injuries had been reported.
 
According to a local official, the fire started in the storage section of the factory where lubricant additives are stored. 
 
The Lubrizol Corp. is a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets. These products include additives for engine oils and other transportation-related fluids, additives for industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.