‘Extreme threat’ alert after explosion in German chemical park sends huge toxic cloud through town – .

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‘Extreme threat’ alert after explosion in German chemical park sends huge toxic cloud through town – .


An explosion in a chemical park rocked the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending a large black cloud rising into the air and causing injuries.

The German Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance called the explosion an “extreme threat” and asked residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed, a reported the German news agency dpa.

The explosion occurred around 9:40 a.m. local time Tuesday in part of the site where the waste is incinerated, a spokesperson for Currenta – the operators of the Chempark site in Leverkusen, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) north of Cologne, told Reuters news agency on the Rhine.

The spokesperson said the explosion left a few injured.

An explosion in a chemical park rocked the German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending a large black cloud rising into the air

The explosion occurred in part of the site where the waste is incinerated, a spokesperson for Currenta – the operators of the Chempark site in Leverkusen, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) told Reuters news agency. north of Cologne on the Rhine.

Chempark, an industrial park for chemical companies including Bayer and Lanxess, said on Twitter that the cause of the explosion was not yet clear.

He added that firefighters and pollution detection vans had been deployed to the site.

Police said it was not yet clear how much damage had been done and a large number of rescuers were on site. Several nearby highways have also been closed.

Videos and images shared on social media showed a huge plume of smoke towering over the plant.

Residents said the blast could be heard from a distance, with some reporting the force of the blast rattling their windows, DW reported.

More than 30 companies operate at the Chempark site in Leverkusen, including Covestro, Bayer, Lanxess and Arlanxeo, according to its website.

Videos and images shared on social media showed a huge plume of smoke towering over the factory

Videos and images shared on social media showed a huge plume of smoke towering over the factory

Firefighters and pollution detection vans have been deployed

More than 30 companies operate on the site

Firefighters and pollution detection vans have been deployed to the site, where more than 30 companies operate

Police said it was not yet clear how much damage had been done and large numbers of rescuers were on site

Several nearby highways were closed following the blast

Police said it was not yet clear how much damage had been done and a large number of rescuers were on site. Several nearby highways have also been closed

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