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Three workers died in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Russia, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.

Three workers were killed and one hospitalized with injuries at the Azot plant owned by fertilizer producer Uralchem, Perm region’s 59.ru news website reported.

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The outlet quoted the regional safety administration in saying the blast occurred during “welding works.”

The company produces ammonia, ammonium nitrate, urea, sodium and potassium nitrate and crystalline sodium nitrite.

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The Emergency Situations Ministry’s regional office confirmed the deaths and injuries, and called the incident an “industrial accident.” It said its experts were monitoring air quality at the plant and added there is no threat to the population.

Authorities opened a criminal investigation into multiple deaths due to safety violations at the facility.

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