The AZF factory in Toulouse, a Seveso classified site, notably manufactured mining explosives and nitrogen fertilizers for agriculture.
Hence its name: Nitrogen Fertilizer.
The chemical site extended over 70 hectares, which formed a sort of rectangle.
On the east side, the Garonne, and the Société Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs, in the southwest, a psychiatric hospital and slightly to the north the Toulouse ring road.
On September 21, 2001, 360 people worked on the site.
Two days earlier, a subcontractor allegedly discovered a broken bag in hangar 335 and loaded its contents, ie 500 kg of nitrates, into a dumpster.
But he would have boarded the passage of residues of chlorine product spread on the ground.
This is the hypothesis adopted
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