Explosion rocks Florida chemical plant sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky

The Palm Bay blast was blamed on a refrigeration issue at the plant

Shocking video shows an explosion Tuesday morning in Palm Bay, Fla., after a fire broke out at a chemical plant, causing a massive plume of smoke and fire damage, city officials confirmed.

No injuries were reported at Far Chemical Inc. The plant was evacuated and officials asked local residents to shelter in place. The local highway was shut down.

Just before 11 a.m., the Palm Bay Police Department said that they received reports of an explosion in the area of U.S. 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard.

The explosion also reportedly caused fires, including a significant one in the area of PB Road and RJ Conlon.

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Most of the smoke had dissipated hours later and during a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed that no one was injured.

The plume of smoke could be seen for miles.

The plume of smoke could be seen for miles. (Palm Bay Police)

They explained that the incident happened because of a refrigeration issue on-site that caused several barrels of solvent to catch fire. Thankfully, fire units were able to get foam on the fire and get it out.

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