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The Faye Road chemical plant in Jacksonville exploded this afternoon around 2:30 and burst into flames. The exact reason for the conflagration at the Jacksonville chemical facility was not immediately clear, but one witness described the explosion as an immense ‘black mushroom cloud rising up very quickly.’

Buildings near the chemical plant had their windows completely blown out, and people outside the plant were allegedly thrown to the ground by the force of the blast’s concussion. Two are confirmed dead so far as a result of the accident.

According to reports, the Jacksonville chemical plant manufactures a toxic chemical. People in the greater Jacksonville area who have COPD and those who have respiratory ailments may wish to exercise special care to avoid the outdoors this afternoon.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Workplace Injuries.

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