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Pictures show toxic cloud looming over Spain

A large toxic cloud of orange smoke rose above large areas of northern Spain today following an explosion at a chemical factory in the Catalonia region.

More than 40,000 people in the immediate area surrounding the site in the northern town of Igualada, and in neighbouring towns, were urged to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed until the worst of the smoke cleared.

Regional government officials said they believed the explosion had been caused by two volatile chemicals coming into contact during a delivery at the factory.

An orange toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona following an explosion in a chemical plant Credit: REUTERS/Paula Arias
A police officer wearing a mask blocks off a street after an explosion at a chemical plant caused a toxic cloud to spread over Igualada near Barcelona Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea
Three people were injured in the explosion at the chemical plant in northern Spain on Thursday and authorities advised residents of several small towns near Barcelona to stay indoors as a large toxic cloud spread over the area Credit: REUTERS/Paula Arias

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Amateur footage shows Spain's toxic cloud rising into sky

Video footage, captured on a mobile phone's camera, has shown the dramatic aftermath of a chemical factory explosion in Spain's Catalonia region.

In the 43 second clip, released by David Orta, clouds of toxic orange and yellow smoke can be seen billowing into the sky in the distance above a motorway.

Watch the full clip here:

A car passenger captured video footage of yellow smoke billowing into the sky following an explosion at a chemical factory in Catalonia Credit: David Orta/Reuters

Catalan authorities have urged 40,000 people in the immediate area, and in five neighbouring towns, to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed following the explosion.

Thousands march in Madrid ahead of election

Tens of thousands of people have flooded the centre of Madrid in a rally for the far-left party Podemos, a party formed just a year ago which is currently topping opinion polls in the run up to local, regional and national elections this year.

People are fed up with the political class

– Pensioner, speaking to Reuters
Central Madrid has been flooded with tens of thousands of anti-austerity protests. Credit: Reuters

Last week, Alexis Tsipras swept into victory on a wave of anti-austerity anger in Greece. He said he hoped voters across Europe would be inspired by Greece to break the "vicious cycle of austerity". Speaking shortly after his election he said:

First we talk Athens, then we take Madrid.

– Alexis Tsipras

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Thousands of anti-austerity protesters rally in Madrid

Tens of thousands of people turned out to take part in a march organised by Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos today.

Chanting "yes we can" and "tic tac tic tac" the gathered protesters were supporting Podemos' call for political change in light of the country's struggling economy.

The Podemos march Credit: Reuters
The crowds were calling for political change Credit: Reuters

F-16 hit parked planes in Spain crash

Fire fighters are still tackling the blaze. Credit: EBU

Fire fighters are still tackling the huge blaze sparked after a fighter jet crashed, hitting other stationary planes at a Nato training base in Spain.

Ten people have been killed, 13 injured, seven seriously, the incident which has left several planes still ablaze.

Flames can seen coming from planes at the base. Credit: EBU
A huge plume of smoke from the fire at the Spanish base. Credit: EBU
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