Authorities are working to contain what appears to be a huge explosion and resulting fire at a chemical plant today in LaSalle, Illinois. New video shows the initial fire and smoke cloud after the blast.

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NBC 7 out of Chicago is reporting that this fire happened at the Carus Chemical Building in LaSalle, Illinois. Fox 32 out of Chicago also shared early video as the fire began showing a towering cloud of smoke.

NBC 7 out of Chicago is reporting that residents near the plant are being told to "shelter in place" and to "stay away from a green substance" that has been released in the area.

As this is a developing story, I will update it once officials release more details about how this explosion and fire happened. No word at this time if there were any injuries at the plant.

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