Two killed in blast at German chemical plant
Two people have been killed in an explosion at a German factory housing flammable liquids and liquefied gas.
Chemical firm BASF's spokeswoman Silvie-Kristin Wemperb said six people were seriously injured in the blast in the south-western town of Ludwigshafen, and two others remain missing.
Plant manager Uwe Liebelt said the explosion occurred after a fire ignited in a pipeline between the area where the liquids are unloaded and tanks used to store them.
A large column of black smoke rose over the site.
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.