Five people are still missing after a large explosion at an industrial complex in Leverkusen, Germany.
Two people were killed and more than 30 were injured in the incident. Five of them are in serious health condition. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police recruiting center at Lurekuzen, the largest chemical plant in the country.
After the explosion, the fire brigade after three hours of fighting the element managed to prevent the danger of a second explosion, a civil servant told DPA. “The tank contained 100,000 liters of highly flammable, toxic waste material,” said North Rhine-Westphalia Home Secretary Herbert Reoul, adding that 300 firefighters were deployed at Hampark.
The fire is localized, but there is still a danger of explosion of a second tank.
According to the management of the company Courenta, the explosion happened yesterday morning in the warehouse for special chemical waste, where waste materials from the production of three companies are collected and disposed of. Three cisterns were set on fire. Firefighters from the factory complexes and firefighters from Cologne and the surrounding area needed several hours to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is not known yet, because there were no conditions for the start of the investigation, which was undertaken by the Cologne Police Criminal Service, reports Deutsche Welle.