First modification: 07/27/2021 – 18:23
The explosion at a chemical plant in Leverkusen left at least one dead, 31 injured and four people missing. This event comes a week after torrential rains and floods hit the western region of the country hard.
An explosion shook the city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, July 27. The incident occurred near a garbage incineration center in the Chempark in Leverkusen, one of the largest chemical parks in Europe, with more than 30 companies working on the site.
The explosion occurred at 9:40 am (local time), and the fire it caused could be controlled a few hours later, at noon. So far the reason for the explosion is not known, but a fire in a tank containing solvents could be the cause, according to preliminary information.
“We are deeply moved by the tragic death of a colleague,” Chempark chief Lars Friedrich said, adding that the search for his four missing collaborators was still ongoing. Friedrich added to the press that among the wounded, one is in mortal danger.
RAW: A huge explosion at a chemical park in the western German city of Leverkusen sent a column of black smoke into the air, with officials urging residents to shelter indoors and close their windows. pic.twitter.com/jc2ehvL9T0
– DW News (@dwnews) July 27, 2021
The Police assures that at the moment the dimensions of the damage cannot be specified, but several streets and motorway crossings were closed and images that show large black clouds over the chemical park circulate on the Internet.
“This is a tragic time for the City of Leverkusen,” said City Mayor Uwe Richrath.
The incident occurred about 50 kilometers from the German region, devastated by torrential rains last week.
With Reuters and EFE