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Massive fire rages at chemical plant after explosion

A huge fire erupted at a chemical plant following an explosion, prompting an order for residents to shelter-in-place.

The explosion happened around 9am on Wednesday at a complex in LaSalle, which is about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois, and has a population of less than 10,000.

All of the workers at the plant evacuated and no one was hurt, according to a spokesperson for Carus LLC, the family-owned company running the plant.

Videos shared on social media showed plumes of black smoke spewing from the site. Several buildings in the complex were obliterated or damaged.

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