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25 September 2012 @ 03:26 pm
Where there's smoke ...  
At about 7.00 a.m. this morning  a fire broke out  on the storage grounds of a Krefeld fertilizer plant, only a few kilometers away from where I live, basically  the plant is situated just across the river.

So we've had quite an interesting day so far. Giant cloud of possibly poisonous smoke coming our way. Police cars driving down our road, making safety announcements and advising residents to keep doors and windows shut, and, if possible, to stay inside while the smoke was being tested for harmful substances.

While the fire is under control by now and a (very basic) all-clear was given sometime around noon, people are still advised to stay indoors. As I write this, white smoke is still hanging over the fields, almost foglike if it weren't for the smell, and the Uerdingen bridge across the Rhine is shrouded and closed to traffic.

I can't help but feel somewhat creeped, mostly because the road (basically just  a tarmac country lane) running past our house is so oddly quiet. Normally, at this time of day, there are always a handful of pedestrians and cyclists. People with prams, people with dogs, senior citizens enjoying a brief afternoon stroll to the nearby café.

Here's a German language article on the whole situation with several photos.

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Current Mood: worriedworried
eretria: Avengers_Little Dusteretria on September 25th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Be safe!
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on September 25th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'll try! ;-)

At least, we've had the basic all-clear. (Keine kritischen Werte für sämtliche zu erwartenden Schadstoffe)

However, the one thing that's really worrying me is that the amount of smoke doesn't seem to decrease. Just a couple of minutes ago, I could see the bridge from our office room window, and now it's completely gone again.

Oh, and I've got a very unhappy cocker spaniel...
Kathyhkathyh on September 25th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
How terrifying. Stay safe!
Bimo: Fivey_sighbimo on September 26th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Well, we are trying... ;-)

The most frustrating thing so far is that there hasn't been any true change since yesterday as the fire source itself seems incredibly hard to put out. Apparently, parts of the storage building have collapsed right onto the burning material, so the firemen are working overtime just to keep everything contained.

I only wonder how I'll get to work this evening since the bridge is still blocked...