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Massive explosion shakes German city of Leverkusen

Berlin: An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies shook the German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending a large black cloud rising into the air.

Germany’s Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the explosion as “an extreme threat” and asked residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed, German news agency dpa reported.

Police said on twitter the situation is currently unclear but that there are several injured.

Operators of the Chempark site in Leverkusen, about 20 kilometres north of Cologne on the Rhine river, said the cause of the explosion was unclear.

They said on Twitter that firefighters and pollution detection vans had been deployed.

A dark cloud of smoke rises above Chempark in Leverkusen, Germany, Tuesday following an explosion.

A dark cloud of smoke rises above Chempark in Leverkusen, Germany, Tuesday following an explosion.Credit:DPA

The companies based at the Chempark site include Bayer and Lanxess.

Police said that it was not yet clear how much damage was caused and that a large number of emergency staff were on site.

Daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported that the explosion took place in the Buerrig neighbourhood at a garbage incineration plant of the chemical park.

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