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Explosion, fire reported in Jubail, eastern Saudi Arabia

The file photo shows a view of Jubail, an industrial city in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

An explosion and fire have been reported in the industrial city of Jubail in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Video footage posted on the internet showed black smoke plumes rising from the fire at the site of the blast on Saturday.

Local media reported firefighters were working to contain the blazing inferno at the Kayan Petrochemical plant owned by Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

Sounds of gunfire were also reported.

Saudi authorities have not yet released any official news about the incident.

Jubail is reportedly the host of the largest industrial area in the Middle East.

The city is also home to the largest petrochemical company in the region.

The industrial area is heavily guarded by police against possible militant attacks.

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