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In Pictures: Scenes from plant explosion in Quebec

A powerful explosion in an industrial plant triggered a fire, sending 17 people to hospital and producing a thick, dark cloud of toxic smoke Thursday

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Smoke billows from the Neptune Technologies & Bioressources plant in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 following a large explosion which sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

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Fire burns at the Neptune Technologies & Bioressources plant in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 following a large explosion which sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

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An emergency worker rolls up a hose outside Neptune Technologies and Bio Resources in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 where a large explosion at the plant sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

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Emergency crews are shown outside Neptune Technologies in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 where a large explosion at the plant sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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Emergency crews are shown outside Neptune Technologies and Bio Resources in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 where a large explosion at the plant sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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Emergency crews are shown outside Neptune Technologies and Bio Resources in Sherbrooke, Que., Thursday, November 8, 2012 where a large explosion at the plant sent a number of people to hospital with serious injuries.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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