Chemical leak at Synthesia
Residents of towns and villages around the Synthesia chemical plant were given quite a scare on Sunday morning when a colourful cloud of evaporated chemicals hung over part of the region. A Synthesia spokesperson said some nitric acid evaporated into the sky in a minor accident but no one was in danger as the situation was quickly brought under control.
Residents in the region question how safe they would have been if the accident were serious as only a local radio station gave a timely warning. The Synthesia chemical plant is one of the largest private producers of chemical products in the Czech Republic. It is also the manufacturer of the infamous plastic explosive Semtex.