BASF Chemical Plant Explosion | Major explosion at BASF chemical complex in Germany; 2 killed, several injured

Explosion at BASF chemical plant in Germany; 2 killed, several injured

6:17 AM, 19th October 2016
BASF Chemical Plant Explosion
Firefighters try to extinguish fire at the factory of chemicals giant BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany where several people had been injured following an explosion. © Reuters

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE said that two fire firefighters were killed and one person still missing a day after a blast at its chemical complex in its headquarters Ludwigshafen, Germany.

According to Wall Street Journal report, this accident occurred, during pipeline work, when a small fire broke out, and the cause remained unknown led to a blast at, followed by several other explosions and fires.

This blast forced the company to shut down more than 20 facilities, including its two steam crackers which produce the basic hydrocarbon chemicals such as propylene and ethylene used to manufacture a wide range of plastics and other chemicals.

“8 others were seriously injured and 17 others suffered minor injuries in the blasts,” said Margret Suckale, BASF executive board member.

She added that the company hasn’t yet measured the financial consequences of the disaster and couldn’t say whether losses were covered by insurance.

BASF further said that there was no danger to the community from toxic smoke, and it has stopped the chemicals from leaking into the Rhine river.

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