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Explosion rocks Chilean city after incident at explosives factory

Christian Fernsby |
The city of Calama in the north of Chile was rocked by a large explosion on April 16.

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The incident happened at a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex, a manufacturer of explosives for the mining industry.

Buildings across Calama were shook and car alarms up to 15 miles (25km) away were set off following the blast. Enaex said in a statement that the blast happened at around 16:45 local time and originated in a storage warehouse for products used in the process of manufacturing dynamite.

Enaex said that one person suffered minor injuries. A large pillar of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky from several miles away as police cordoned off the area and firefighters battled an ensuing blaze.

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