Two workers were injured on May 15 after an explosion at a chemical plant in an industrial area near Venice, Italy. Flames and black smoke could be seen rising from the site as local authorities told local residents to stay indoors and close windows and doors.
The two injured workers suffered extensive burns and were transported to a local hospital. The chemical plant, which is owned by specialty chemicals producers 3V Sigma, is located in Porto Marghera, a few kilometres outside of Venice.
A number of ambulances and firefighters responded to the incident as well as officials from the environmental agency.
The blast happened around 10:15 local time. The blaze is now under control but there are still fears about the pollution released as a result.
Local media have reported that workers at the 3V Sigma plant had gone on strike earlier this year over concerns about safety measures at the plant and inadequate storage of materials.