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Chemical plant explosions cause a local evacuation

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ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A series of explosions rocked a chemical plant, causing a fire that lit up the night sky and prompting hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

Authorities said no serious injuries were reported from the fire which broke out late Tuesday at the E.Q. Resource Recovery Inc. plant in this suburb of Detroit, although some people sought treatment for lesser symptoms.

Andrew Crawford, 18, who lives within a few blocks of the explosion site, was one of about 300 Wayne residents who went to a shelter at school.

"My backyard lit up orange," he said. "It was like a bomb went off."

The company specializes in treating, recycling and disposing of hazardous materials such as airplane deicing fluid and industrial paint solvents.