MOSCOW (Sputnik) – One person died and six were seriously wounded on Monday in a blast at a facility of Germany’s leading chemical firm BASF, the company said.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of one our employee … Six were seriously wounded, others received light injuries. The wounded were taken to clinics. Six others are still missing," the firm said on Twitter.
Wir bedauern zutiefst, dass 1 Mitarbeiter verstorben ist + mehrere verletzt wurden. Unser Mitgefühl gilt den Betroffenen + ihren Familien— BASF DE (@BASF_DE) October 17, 2016
BASF said it had not detected increased presence of hazardous chemical substances in the air and in the soil around the affected factory, which produced plastic additives. Inhabitants in the nearby towns of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim were initially asked to avoid going outside.