20 June 2011 14:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--An explosion occurred at US-based Chemisphere’s storage facility in St Louis, Missouri, at around 02:30 local time (08:30 BST), media reports said on Monday.
Around 500 people were evacuated and a section of a nearby road was closed as firefighters fought the blaze. Reports suggest that the blaze is now under control.Chemisphere’s storage facility holds tankers which contain highly flammable solvents. According to reports, a fire department spokeswoman said that the solvents were acetone and ethanol.
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