There was an explosion in the Leverkusen Chempark that morning. Several people were injured, the Federal Office for Civil Protection assigned the event to the warning level “Extreme danger”. Residents should keep windows and doors closed.
Leverkusen – According to the operating company Currenta, there was an explosion in the Chempark Leverkusen in the morning for an unknown cause. Residents of the chemical plant were asked to go to closed rooms and to keep windows and doors closed.
The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief classified the event in the chemical park in the “Extreme Danger” warning level. The Currenta company reported that the works fire brigade and air test vehicles were in action.
Several people were injured in the explosion. The Cologne police announced this on Twitter. The situation on site is currently still confusing. “We are with many police officers on site and clarify the situation.” At the same time, the police asked to avoid the area over a large area and to keep the streets free for emergency services.
Because of the greater damage, the busy Autobahn 1 near Leverkusen was closed, as the police announced via Twitter. The motorway junction Leverkusen-West and the A1 between the motorway junction Leverkusen and Cologne-Nord are affected by the full closure.
According to the company, the Chempark is one of the largest chemical parks in Europe. Over 70 companies are located at the three locations in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen. dpa