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Germany: Accident on Shipping Pipeline

Explosion at BASF’s Headquarters Leaves Two Deaths

| Editor: Alexander Stark

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Following a blast in BASF’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, at least two people have been killed and another two are still missing.

Ludwigshafen – According to the police several more people have been injured during an accident that occurred on a pipeline route for transporting raw chemicals to shipping. A large explosion followed by a cloud of smoke was visible in the north of the city. The explosion happened at about 11:20 am on Monday. The fire is expected to burn out under control, BASF said in a statement later on Monday that measurement wouldn’t show any dangerous increases in hazardous substances in the surrounding air or ground.

The company announced that six people suffered serious injuries, several others received light injuries. The injured were treated directly at the site or are being treated in local hospitals.

“We are deeply saddened that employees have died and several have been injured. Our deepest sympathy lies with the affected people and their families,” says Uwe Liebelt, BASF site manager Ludwigshafen on the company's Facebook site continuing: ‘During work on a pipeline there was an explosion, which resulted in fires. The firefighting continues; the fire will be burned out under controlled conditions. There is still visible smoke. Measurements done in the air and ground do not show any increased levels of toxic substances. As the raw material supply has been interrupted, the steamcrackers and other plants were shut down at the site.’

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