Explosion at German chemicals plant, extreme danger warning issued

Photo: EPA Fire department trucks stand near the site of the explosion in Leverkusen, 27 July 2021.

An explosion at a chemicals plant in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday led to an "extreme danger" warning being issued and residents of the city on the Rhine being urged to close windows and doors, dpa reported. Leverkusen police said several people were injured. A large number of police officers were deployed at the place of incident. They closed the nearby motorway and urged residents to keep roads free for the emergency services.

The company Currenta said the cause of the explosion at its plant in the Leverkusen Chempark facility was unknown. Company fire services and air monitoring units had been deployed, it said.

The national disaster agency (BBK) issued an alarm at the level "extreme danger" without stipulating the nature of the chemicals.

A spokeswoman for the city authorities said the extent and cause of the damage remained unknown.

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