The causes of the outbreak are unknown. Sirens wail in the city. According to Reuters, eyewitnesses heard the explosion and saw thick clouds of smoke rising from the Bayer chemical plant. The explosion may have occurred in a garbage incinerator.
Explosion in Leverkusen
The WDR station reported an explosion in the Buerrig area of Leverkusen, near the Bayer chemical plant. According to WDR, the explosion shook the entire city. Eyewitnesses reported a huge black cloud over the area.
The fire department advises residents not to open windows and doors. People in open spaces should enter buildings as soon as possible.
The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief classified the incident as a warning level of “severe threat”.
According to “Bild” newspaper, the accident occurred at a waste incineration plant. “There is a black cloud over the city,” Bild wrote.
The Leverkusen-West motorway junction was completely closed, according to the police report, and the A1 motorway was closed in both directions between AK Leverkusen and Cologne-North.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known. So far, there have been no reports of injuries.
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