UpdateAuthorities lift catastrophe alarm on Germany chem accident

16 October 2012 17:22  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Authorities in the German town of Bad Fallingbostel near Hanover have lifted a catastrophe alarm they imposed following Monday's chemical accident at a Kraft Foods plant, they said on Tuesday.

Some 1,800 residents who had been evacuated are allowed to return to their homes, officials said.

The alarm was officially lifted Tuesday, effective 15:45 Germany local time, after fire fighters managed to remove several thousand litres of nitric acid from a tank containing sodium hydroxide.

The accident occurred late on Monday when workers inadvertently poured thousands of litres of nitric acid into the tank, causing the escape of a toxic chemical gas cloud.

After initial progress on Monday night, the tank heated up on Tuesday, posing the risk of a further escape of gases and a possible explosion, fire officials said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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