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At least 18 injured in series of explosions in Czech plant

Two police officers watch over a gate as firemen stand nearby in the machinery plant Policske Strojirny where explosions have injured several people in Policka, 154 kilometers South East of Prague on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.  (Josef Vostarek/CTK via AP)

Two police officers watch over a gate as firemen stand nearby in the machinery plant Policske Strojirny where explosions have injured several people in Policka, 154 kilometers South East of Prague on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Josef Vostarek/CTK via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say explosions in a Czech machinery plant have injured at least 18 people.

Police spokeswoman Hana Kaizarova says the first explosion occurred around 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) in a production hall and a number of others followed, making it difficult for rescuers to access the site in the Policske Strojirny A.S. near the town of Policka, some 150 kilometers (95 miles) east of Prague.

Kaizarova says it is not immediately clear what material exploded. She says authorities have not discovered any fatalities.

Pavel Svoboda, the head of the regional rescue service, says at least three rescuers have been injured. Authorities have warned the public to avoid the area.