Chemical Tanks Explode on South Side

Sunday, Oct 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 AM CDT
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Chemical Tanks Explode on South Side

Firefighters at the scene of chemical explosions on the South Side

The Chicago Fire Department was out in full force Saturday night after tanks used to ship chemicals blew up at an industrial plant on the South Side.

Fire officials said the explosion caused a 200-foot wide debris field.

Hazmat teams were on the scene, and at first they weren't sure what was burning.

Fire crews used foam to put out the flames. They were able to get the fire under control in a few hours.

No one was hurt.

A part of the Bishop Ford freeway was closed during the fire but has since been re-opened.

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