Several injured in explosion at BASF facility in Germany

BERLIN – Several people were injured Monday in an explosion at a facility belonging to chemical firm BASF in southwestern Germany, the company said.

BASF also said that a few others have yet to be accounted for following the late-morning explosion at a river harbour in Ludwigshafen that is used to unload flammable liquids and liquid gas.

More precise figures on the numbers of injured and missing were not provided.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the explosion.

Residents in parts of Ludwigshafen, where BASF is based, and Mannheim, on the other side of the Rhine river, were advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.