January 16, 2022

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One died at the waste management site in Leverkusen, three were missing and 31 were injured

A bomb blast near the northern city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, July 27, has killed at least 31 people and injured 31 others. The bomber struck shortly after 9:40 a.m. local time “Unknown origin”, According to site manager Curranta. Near an industrial park specializing in chemicals, a large black smoke, visible from a distance, emerged throughout the day from the disaster area, a waste storage center and an incinerator. The population has been shut down for fear of harmful fumes. “All residents are asked to close windows and doors.”, Commented the Twitter user who filmed the smoke.

The smoke release actually led to a call from the authorities. “Go to closed rooms, turn off air conditioning and, as a precaution, keep windows and doors closed”. The city later said the warning would not be valid until the end of the afternoon.

About 360 firefighters and police personnel were mobilized for the incident, which was initially classified “Serious risk” National Disaster Warning Application by Nina.

Pollution was investigated

Headquartered in the chemical company Bayer, Leverkusen has a population of over 160,000 and is located about twenty kilometers from Cologne. Evonic and Lancashire also have factories there. The published potential pollution is being carefully investigated by the city, however it was found that, by the end of the afternoon, “No increase in pollution loads”. The municipality pointed out that the dust included the fall “Particles the size of a penny or a euro have an oil consistency”. “It is therefore recommended not to carry heat into your home, that is, take off your shoes and leave them in front of the front door.”, He added.

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With regard to the population of Cologne, air quality measurements show no “No risk”, Firefighters of this metropolitan area with a population of over one million were added on Twitter.