An explosion of unknown origin at a chemical company site in Leverkusen, western Germany, on Tuesday caused significant smoke development in which residents of the area were asked to keep doors and windows closed, said site managers.
"For a cause hitherto unknown, an explosion occurred in the Chempark Leverkusen", according to a message posted on the Twitter account of this chemical business park which is one of the largest in Europe for this. sector.
Aus bisher unbekannter Ursache kam es zu einer Explosion im Chempark Leverkusen.
Werkfeuerwehr und Luftmesswagen im Einsatz.
Anwohner bitte geschlossene Räume aufsuchen sowie Türen und Fenster geschlossen zu halten.
- CHEMPARK (@CHEMPARK) July 27, 2021
"Residents are asked to go to closed rooms and keep doors and windows closed," adds this message, specifying that a firefighter intervention was in progress.
The event was classified as "extreme danger" by the national disaster alert application Nina.
According to several media, the explosion occurred at a waste treatment site.
The Cologne police mentioned on their twitter account "significant damage" and indicated that several sections of the motorway had been closed.