"Death Toll From Huge Explosion At Mexican Chemical Plant Rises To 24"

"The death toll from a huge explosion at a Mexican petrochemical plant that forced the evacuation of surrounding neighborhoods has risen to 24, authorities said.

Wednesday's explosion at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo facility in the southern state of Veracruz sent large plumes of dark smoke and toxic fumes across the region.

Javier Duarte, governor of the state of Veracruz, told CNN affiliate Televisa that the blast was felt about 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Emergency protocols were put in place, with surrounding municipalities evacuated and schools closed in others, officials said."

Tim Hume, Karina Maciel, and Fidel Gutierrez report for CNN April 24, 2016.

Source: CNN, 04/22/2016