An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Leverkusen, west of Germany, on Tuesday killed at least two people and injured more than 30, the campus manager said Tuesday evening.
Earlier, 16 people were reported injured and injured.
Lars Friedrich, the campus manager, said five employees were missing.
The search for the missing continues, but the hope of finding them alive soon fades Frederick said.
A large explosion that engulfed a waste depot located in the park occurred at 9:40 p.m. The explosion was heard within 10 kilometers. It is not yet known what caused it.
Many nearby highways have been closed. Several police and fire departments were dispatched to the scene, including helicopters and ambulances. Police were called to a bypass near Leverkusen.
The Federal Office of Civil Defense and Disaster Relief described the crash as a “serious danger” and called on locals to stay indoors and close doors and windows. However, the first air measurements showed no toxic pollution.
A few hours later, the fire was extinguished.
There are more than 30 companies operating in the industrial park called Semberg, one of the biggest German chemical concerns – Bayer. Semberg is located very close to the Rhine.
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