The video shows a massive fireball erupting from the affected Cuban oil storage facilities
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Breathtaking video has been captured showing a massive fireball rising into the sky after an explosion at a stricken oil storage facility in Cuba.
The scenes at the Matanzas supertanker base come as a fire has engulfed at least four tanks there late Monday, Lt. Col. Alexander Ávalos of Cuba’s fire department told Cuban Television.
“The fire has taken on a greater magnitude,” he said.
At least one person has been killed and 125 injured, with 14 more missing since lighting struck one of the facility’s eight tanks on Friday night.
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A second tank caught fire on Saturday, causing several explosions at the facility, which plays a key role in Cuba’s electricity system.
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Video shared by a resident on Sunday night shows a large ball of fire and smoke turning the sky orange in the area.
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The governments of Mexico and Venezuela have sent special teams to help put out the fire with water cannons, planes and helicopters, fighting the fire from several directions while military construction specialists erected barriers to contain the oil spill.
Local authorities warned residents to wear face masks or stay indoors due to smoke engulfing the region that can be seen from the capital Havana, more than 65 miles away. Officials have warned that the cloud contains sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other toxic substances.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.