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Explosion, fire at Quebec plant causes serious injuries

Nov. 8, 2012, Sherbrooke, Que. – An explosion and fire at a plant has seriously injured four people and produced a dark cloud of potentially toxic smoke Thursday.

November 8, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Nov. 8, 2012, Sherbrooke, Que. – An explosion and fire at a plant has seriously injured four people and produced a dark cloud of potentially toxic smoke Thursday.

The incident occurred at a facility belonging to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which produces and exports health products.

A Sherbrooke police spokesman said the explosion led to a fire, which produced clouds of smoke that authorities were monitoring for toxicity.

Police confirmed four people were seriously injured but couldn't say if their lives were in danger.

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It's unclear what caused the blast.

Within minutes, police said, employees were evacuated from the facility and supervisors performed a head count outdoors.

Police then set up a security perimeter. People are advised to avoid the area, in an industrial park, because of the potentially dangerous smoke.

Thick black plumes were seen rising from the facility.