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A stunning video has been captured showing a massive fireball rising into the sky following an explosion at a stricken oil depot in Cuba.
The scenes at the Matanzas Supertanker Base come as a fire has compromised at least four tanks there late Monday, Lt. Col. Chief Alexander Ávalos of Cuba’s fire service told Televisión Cubana.
“The fire has grown in size,” he said.
At least one person has died and 125 have been injured, with another 14 reported missing ever since lighting struck one of the plant’s eight tanks on Friday night.
CUBA OIL STORAGE FACILITY GOES IN FLAMES
Another tank caught fire on Saturday, triggering several explosions at the facility, which plays a central role in Cuba’s electrical system.
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The video, shared by a resident on Sunday evening, shows a large fireball and smoke turning the sky in the area orange.
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The governments of Mexico and Venezuela have sent special teams to help put out the fire with water cannons, planes and helicopters, fighting the fire from multiple directions, while military construction specialists erected barriers to contain the oil spill.
Local officials warned residents to wear face masks or stay indoors given the billowing smoke enveloping the region, which can be seen from the capital, Havana, more than 40 miles away. Officials have warned that the cloud contains sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other toxic substances.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.