Germany: Large Fire Explosion at Bayernoil Refinery in Bavaria
A severe incident has occurred on the premises of the refinery operated by Bayernoil in Vohburg, this weekend. Various media outlets reported that the tanks of the distillation column exploded. At least ten people have supposedly been injured. Several hundred residents had to leave their homes temporary.
Ingolstadt/Germany — In the early morning of Saturday, several storage tanks have exploded on the premises of the Bayernoil refinery in Vohburg near Ingolstadt. According to the German news outlet n-tv, Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann spoke of "destructions of shocking proportions". In the neighbouring residential area, windows broke an roofs damaged due to the shock wave.
As a result of the explosion, a large fire erupted that was brought under control during the afternoon. The firefighting operations continued, however, during Sunday. A Bayernoil representative was not yet able to tell what exactly caused the explosion.
Local authorities had announced a disaster situation in the county of Pfaffenhofen, which was lifted again in the evening. Around 1,800 residents had to be evacuated and were brought to a gymnasium temporary, media sources report. Altogether, about 600 fire fighters and members of the technical aid service have been deployed to fight the fire.
Bayernoil has been operating the refinery in Vohburg since 1967 and is supplied with crude oil via the Transalpine Pipeline (TAL) from Triest, Italy.