An explosion and fire at a military plant in southwest France has left at least eight people injured, reports say.
The Eurenco factory in the town of Bergerac specializes in making nitrocellulose, a highly flammable chemical compound, as well as propellants and fuels.
Local officials said an investigation will be launched to pinpoint the cause of the explosion.
Eurenco is a major player in defense sector and develops and manufactures explosive materials for military ammunition. It is a Seveso classified site owing to the use of hazardous materials.
France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said significant resources were deployed following the blast and a crisis center was activated at the site.