UPDATED: BASF extinguishes hydrogen leak fire at Ludwigshafen chemical complex

A hydrogen leak caught fire at BASF’s Ludwigshafen chemical complex in Germany at around 10:40 pm on Tuesday (April 23), before being quickly extinguished by the company’s fire department.

The German chemical giant said in a statement there was a hydrogen leak with “brief ignition” in a plant in the north part of the BASF SE factory.

“The BASF factory fire department was on duty and stopped the product leak,” the BASF statement said. “The turbo extinguisher was used for a short time.”

The plant was shut down with excess gases burned using the flare.

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