A powerful explosion shook Kalama, a city in northern Chile, on Friday afternoon (local time), with officials in the area noting that was due to an explosion at a nitroglycerin production plant, an explosive with widespread use in the mining sector.
The blast shook buildings and triggered car alarms as far as 25 kilometers from the facility. A column of dense smoke rose into the sky from the factory.
Firefighters rushed to the installation. Police cordoned off the area.
Daniel Augusto Perez, the mayor of Kalama, located a short distance from large mines of the state-owned company Codelco, stressed that Authorities are still trying to determine if there are any dead or injured at the ENAEX industrial plant on the outskirts of the southern part of the city.
“The explosion was felt practically all over Kalama,” Mr Augusto told CNN in Chile. It was due to “uncontrolled firing of nitroglycerinAt one of the company’s facilities, he added.