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Explosion and fire at Dutch chemical plant

A major fire has broken out at a chemical plant operated by oil giant Shell near the Netherlands port city of Rotterdam.

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Explosion at Dutch Shell chemical plant

A large fire has broken out a a Shell chemical refinery in the Netherlands, according to local media.

People nearby heard two huge bangs and saw a flash of light, the reports say.

It is not yet known if there are casualties or the extent of the damage.

Images on social media show a fireball rising from the plant which is in Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam.

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