The explosion reportedly occurred at the industrial Chempark site operated by Currenta company at about 9:30 a.m.
At least two people have been seriously injured and five more have been reported missing after a blast hit a chemical plant in Germany’s Leverkusen on Tuesday, Currenta owner company said.
“Several staffers were injured in the incident, at least two sustained grave injuries. They are receiving medical assistance. As of now, five staffers are considered missing,” the company said in a statement.
The blast occurred on the plant belonging to the Currenta company in the morning. It is not yet known what caused the explosion. However, it was established that a cistern exploded at a waste treatment and storage centre.
Earlier in the day, officials at the Chempark industrial park confirmed the explosion took place at their site in Leverkusen.
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Rheinische Post newspaper says the explosion occurred at around 9.30 a.m. Focus, an online media outlet, suggests the incident took place at the local Bayer plant. According to Chempark Leverkusen’s official website, there are 200 companies operating at the site.
The fire brigade working at the site has reportedly instructed residents to keep windows and doors closed. People remaining outside were told to go inside their houses, broadcaster WDR reported.
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The roads around the landfill have been closed, local media cited police sources as saying.