2 workers killed in blast at German chemical plant

Six people hurt, while two still missing as blast hits BASF chemical production site

  • Fire and smoke rise from chemicals plant of BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany October 17, 2016.Image Credit: Reuters
  • Firefighters try to extinguish the fire at the factory of BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany October 17, 2016.Image Credit: Reuters
  • Fire and smoke rise from the BASF factory in Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 17, 2016.Image Credit: Reuters

BASF, the world's biggest chemical company, said it now believed two of its employees died on Monday in an explosion and subsequent fire at its site in Ludwigshafen in Germany, where it is headquartered.

Six people were severely injured and two people are still missing, the company said in a statement.

The explosion occurred earlier on Monday, sending up plumes of smoke and prompting BASF to turn off some of its production facilities.

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