This is the moment a fire at a ArcelorMittal factory turns into a huge explosion sending molten metal high into the hair after a thermal reaction.
The startling incident occurred at the ArcelorMittal factory located in Lazaro Cardenas, in the western Mexican state of Michoacan and was recorded by an onlooker.
In the video, the fire can be seen blazing at the factory with smoke rising high into the sky.
An explosion the suddenly rips through the factor sending a shower of fire and molten metal high and wide into the surrounding area.
The burning mass then fall to the ground as a black plume of smoke rises from the scene.
Local media report there were no injuries in the incident and minimal material damage.
ArcelorMittal said in a statement: “We want to disclose that this morning there was a thermal reaction in one of the pools used to empty slag. Due to this reaction, there was an explosion which was felt by part of the city without causing any damage to people or teams.”
Slag is the by-product after a metal has been smelted from its raw ore.
The statement explained that reactions caused by slag and humidity are common but in this case the reaction was larger than normal. According to local media, the explosion was felt in the nearby city.
Reports state that members of the Civil Protection have checked the local area to see if any danger has been posed to local residents or property.
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