Germany Blast: One killed, at least 6 injured in chemical plant explosion in Germany

18:03 Oct. 17, 2016

One killed, at least 6 injured in chemical plant explosion in Germany

Smoke and fire rise from a facility belonging to chemical firm BASF in Ludwigshafen, southwestern Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016 (AP photo)

Six more people are reported missing

At least one person died, six were injured, and another six are reported missing after an explosion and fire at German chemical company BASF's plant in Ludwigshafen.

BASF said the explosion had happened during work on a pipeline route for transporting raw chemicals to shipping. The company is trying to determine the exact cause of the blast, officials said they ruled out terrorism.

Local residents were advised to close windows and stay inside as a large plume of smoke could be seen in a harbour area in the north of the town.

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Dark smoke rises from a facility belonging to chemical firm BASF in Ludwigshafen, southwestern Germany, Monday Oct. 17, 2016 (AP photo)

Some locals living near the plant were complaining of respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties, the city authorities reported.

Based on reporting by BBC

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