Explosions have rocked Madrid, a renowned tourist hotspot, with reports of many people being seriously injured. Several blasts shook the Spanish capital, leaving 15 by-standers hurt, at least three of them seriously.
Nearby schools have been evacuated as huge plumes of smoke can be seen billowing into the sky – the first two blasts were so large they smashed windows of properties several miles away. Emergency services rushed to tackle the blaze and establish exactly what has caused the explosions.
It is thought the incident occurred at a solvent factory in Argando del Ray. The factory is reportedly owned by a company called Requimsa and is dedicated to the management of hazardous waste and the treatment and recovery of solvents. Three seriously wounded people have been evacuated to the hospitals of Arganda, La Paz and Getafe with present burns, trauma and respiratory problems.