NewsInjured and missing people after the explosion in Leverkusen

Injured and missing people after the explosion in Leverkusen

In the morning at the Chempark in Leverkusen there is an explosion in a waste incineration plant. The residents of the chemical plant should keep windows and doors closed. There are several injured and also missing.

Leverkusen – According to the Cologne police, several people were injured in an explosion in Chempark Leverkusen on Tuesday morning.

As the operating company Currenta announced at noon, five employees were still missing after the accident in the waste incineration plant. According to the city of Leverkusen, four seriously injured and twelve injured were rescued.

According to the company, the explosion occurred around 9:40 a.m. in the tank farm of the Bürrig disposal center for an unknown reason. Then there was a fire in the tank farm. 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 Assistance assigned the event to the “Extreme Danger” warning level.


Emergency services from the plant fire brigade and air test vehicles were in action. According to the fire brigade, the first air measurements by the environmental protection units in the north of Cologne showed around noon that there is currently no danger to the population. The measurements would continue. Nonetheless, drivers were asked to keep the vehicle windows closed and to turn off the ventilation.



A dark cloud of smoke rises over the chemical park.

After the explosion, a tank with solvents burned, according to the city. “The extinguishing work had to wait until a power line was disconnected from the grid. That has now happened. The extinguishing work begins, ”announced the municipality at noon.

According to a Leverkusen city spokeswoman, the entire effects of the explosion in the Wiesdorf district were initially unclear. “The extent and cause of the damage are currently not known,” said the police about the “currently still confusing” situation. “We are on site with many police officers and clarify the situation.”

Autobahn 1 closed

Because of the “major damage”, 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 were affected by the full closure. The A3 between the Leverkusen motorway junction and the Langenfeld junction and the A59 between the Monheim-Süd and Leverkusen-West junction were also blocked, as the responsible Autobahn GmbH announced.

Einsatz in Leverkusen


Fire brigade and police vehicles in front of the company premises.

According to information from Straßen.NRW, the Leverkusener Westring (L108) between the Leverkusener Westkreuz and Rheindorf was also closed. Work on the immediately adjacent construction site of the Leverkusen Rhine Bridge was also stopped immediately. All employees of the construction companies had left the construction site, it was said. In the area of the motorways, however, no people were harmed.

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

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