A blast at a chemical plant of Evonik Industries AG in the city of Marl in Germany’s Ruhr valley killed one and injured two people, the site’s operator said.
Police were informed at 1:37 p.m. local time about several explosions at the site and a fire, which firefighters brought under control, police spokeswoman Ramona Hoerst said.
Authorities asked local residents to keep windows closed as a precautionary measure, and so far monitoring hasn’t detected alarming concentrations of harmful substances in the air, she said. About 100 firefighters and police went to the site.
The city’s chemical park is among the largest in Europe, with 30 companies employing about 10,000 people producing more than 4,000 products, according to Evonik’s website. The site is operated by Infracor GmbH, a subsidiary of Evonik Degussa GmbH, with Evonik employing about 7,000 people at the site.
The blast was at a plant making cyclododecatriene, used in making flame retardants, solvents, flavors and fragrances, Infracor said in a statement. One person remained in the hospital, according to the statement.