At least twelve people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion Tuesday in a chemical industrial zone in Leverkusen (western Germany), where there are plants of several companies, including the multinational Bayer Group.
In addition, five workers at the chemical park are missing as a result of the incident, the causes of which are still unknown.
The Federal Office for Disaster Preparedness has described the incident as extremely dangerous and has asked residents to keep doors and windows closed.
According to the local police it is not yet possible to say anything about the extent of the damage. Several streets have been closed as well as two highway junctions. The chemical park is one of the largest in Europe and is home to some 70 companies. The explosion occurred near a waste incineration plant in the district of Bürrig.
SOURCE: Evening Standard