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Multiple people injured following string of explosions at Czech machinery plant

Authorities have not discovered any fatalities.


PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Officials say explosions in a Czech machinery plant have injured at least 18 people.

Police spokeswoman Hana Kaizarova says the first explosion occurred in a production hall and a number of others followed, making it difficult for rescuers to access the site in the Policske Strojirny A.S. near the town of Policka, some 150 kilometres east of Prague.

Kaizarova says it is not immediately clear what material exploded. She says authorities have not discovered any fatalities.

Pavel Svoboda, the head of the regional rescue service, says at least three rescuers have been injured. Authorities have warned the public to avoid the area.

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