A major fire has hit German manufacturer BASF, at it’s Ludwigshafen facility. The BASF plant is the world’s biggest chemical complex. The fire has caused the shut down of two steam “crackers” that form the heart of its manufacturing capabilities.
At least two people have been killed and another two are missing and several more were injured in the blast.
According to a BASF spokesman , the explosion had happened during maintenance work on a pipeline route for transporting raw chemicals to shipping.
Flames and a cloud of smoke could be seen in a harbour area in the north of the town, where oil and gas tankers supply the plant.
Residents were advised to stay in their houses and keep windows closed as smoke spread.