Many missing, injured in explosion at BASF chemical complex

Several people are missing and many have been injured in an explosion on Monday at the world's biggest chemical company BASF in western Germany.

Based in the city of Ludwigshafen, BASF said it was still seeking to determine the exact cause of the incident and the number of people who had been injured or were missing as a large plume of smoke billowed over the giant chemical complex.

Public radio Suedwestrundfunk reported that an explosion had occurred on a tanker docked at the company's harbour on the Rhine river.

Special operational forces were now at the scene of the explosion, with the fire brigade issuing a danger warning saying the incident could result in dangerous odours and effect visibility in the area.

Local residents have also been asked by police to keep their doors and windows closed, as well as to shut down ventilation and air-conditioning systems after combustion gases were released into the air. Motorists have been asked to avoid the area.

Last update: Mon, 17/10/2016 - 14:17
Author: 

More from Europe

Manuel Valls, France's ambitious former PM with sights set on Elysee

Ambitious is one of the words most frequently deployed to describe Manuel Valls.

French Socialist prime minister says he will enter presidential race

French Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he will enter 2017 presidential race, stepping down from his post...

Italy coastguard: more than 1,000 migrants saved, 16 bodies recovered

Some 1,022 people were saved and 16 bodies were recovered in recent migrant rescues on the Mediterranean, the...

Merkel's CDU to toughen ayslum laws at party conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's signalled on Monday that her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) will toughen...

Concerns high as Europe eyes post-Renzi Italy

Chancellor Angela Merkel led German and European leaders on Monday in expressing regret about Italian Prime Minister...