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One person still missing after fatal chemical plant blast in Germany

Published 18/10/2016

Fire crews at the site of the blaze at the BASF plant site in Ludwigshafen, Germany (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)
Fire crews at the site of the blaze at the BASF plant site in Ludwigshafen, Germany (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)

One person is still missing after an explosion at a chemical plant in south-western Germany which killed two people.

Chemical company BASF said the fire at a river harbour at the sprawling facility in Ludwigshafen was extinguished on Monday night, about 10 hours after the blast.

As of Tuesday morning, it said one person was still missing, down from the two it previously reported.

Eight people were seriously injured and another 17 had light injuries, BASF said. It previously said six were seriously injured.

Two members of the company's fire service, which had arrived at the scene when the blast occurred, have been confirmed dead.

The explosion followed a fire in a pipeline between an area where liquids are unloaded from ships on the Rhine river and storage tanks.

BASF said the substances that burned in the subsequent blaze included ethylene - used in producing solvents and insulation - and propylene, used in producing car paint and adhesives.

It is not yet clear what caused the blast.

AP

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