MOSCOW (MRC) -- An explosion was heard in Leverkusen on Tuesday, and witnesses reported seeing plumes of smoke at chemicals maker Bayer’s site in the western German city, said Reuters.
The explosion occurred at a chemical plant in the city of Leverkusen at 9.40 am local time. Five staff members went missing, several were injured, two were seriously injured, and Leverkusen residents were told to stay indoors with the air conditioning turned off and the doors and windows closed. Regional emergency services arrived at the scene. According to eyewitnesses, the explosion occurred at one of the sites of the chemical and pharmaceutical concern Bayer.
The Cologne Fire Department, which also dispatched brigades to the site, said that sections of numerous highways in the area had been closed.
Bayer is headquartered in Leverkusen and several other companies including LANXESS, BASF and Covestro also own factories in the area.
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