60,000 Spanish residents indoors, after chemical explosion

More than 60,000 residents in north-eastern Spain have been told to stay indoors after an explosion at a chemical warehouse sent a dense orange cloud into the sky that hovered over the area for hours.

As the cloud settled over of six districts in central Catalonia, Spain’s emergency services told residents to close their windows and seal off any means of ventilation saying “this is not a game, don’t put yourself in danger to take pictures of the cloud outside.”

Initial reports had described the cloud as toxic, but Ramon Espadaler (Es-pa-dala) of Catalonia’s interior ministry later told reporters that the chemicals were simply irritants. “Most likely it will cause itchy eyes and a runny nose, but no choking sensation.”