An detonation astatine an concern parkland for chemic companies shook the German metropolis of Leverkusen connected Tuesday, sending a ample achromatic unreality rising into the air. Several radical were injured and 5 stay missing.
Germany’s Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the detonation arsenic “an utmost threat” and asked residents to enactment wrong and support windows and doors closed, German quality bureau dpa reported.
Operators of the Chempark tract successful Leverkusen, astir 20 kilometers (13 miles) northbound of Cologne connected the Rhine river, said the origin of the detonation was unclear.
Currenta, the institution operating the chemic park, said successful a connection that respective employees were injured, astatine slightest 2 of them severely, and that 5 radical stay missing.
Police successful adjacent Cologne said they did not person immoderate accusation connected the origin oregon size of the explosion, but that a ample fig of police, firefighters, helicopters and ambulances had been deployed to the scene. They asked each residents to enactment wrong and warned radical from extracurricular of Leverkusen to debar the region.
They besides unopen down respective adjacent large highways.
Daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported that the detonation took spot successful the Buerrig vicinity astatine a garbage incineration works of the chemic park.
The insubstantial reported that the fume unreality was moving successful a northwestern absorption toward the towns of Burscheid and Leichlingen. It said firefighters from each implicit the portion had been called successful to assistance extinguish the fire.
Leverkusen is location to Bayer, 1 of Germany’s biggest chemic companies. It has astir 163,000 residents and borders Cologne, which is Germany's 4th biggest metropolis and has astir 1 cardinal inhabitants. Many residents enactment astatine Bayer, which is 1 of the biggest employers successful the region.
The country of the explosion, the chemic park, is located precise adjacent to the banks of the Rhine river.
Currenta has 3 facilities successful the region. More than 70 antithetic companies are based astatine the locations successful Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen.