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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – At least 10 people were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in southeastern Slovenia on Thursday when authorities urged residents to stay at home.

The report of the explosion took place around 8.30 (06.30 GMT) in Kočevje. What caused the explosion was not immediately known.

The city, located about 55 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the capital Ljubljana, has a population of about 8,000 people.

“We advise all residents of the neighborhood to close their windows and do not go out into the open during the intervention,” local police were quoted as saying by regional television N1. “They also don’t have to get close to the scene.”

The report says the local emergency council convened for an emergency meeting when fire and emergency crews left for the Melamine plant.

Melamine produces chemical products such as melamine resins for the paper, construction, wood, rubber and lacquer industries, impregnated decorative paper for the furniture industry and impregnated materials for footwear.

The factory employs about 200 people.


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