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Explosion at ball-bearing plant in Germany injures 13 people

16 May 2017

Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion on May 15 at a German factory operated by ball-bearings manufacturer Schaeffler, local police said. The blast at a cleaning facility for industrial salts at the plant in Eltmann, Bavaria, caused a fire that was fought by 120 firefighters as well as police and a large contingent of rescue staff.

Police said there appeared to be no danger for people living nearby as no hazardous or toxic substances were released.

The four people seriously injured were flown by helicopter to hospitals while workers at the factory were asked to briefly vacate their positions, but returned to work later. Police and prosecutors have started investigating the incident.

Schaeffler is a global automotive and industrial parts supplier and is located in an industrial area of Eltmann, 90 kilometres north of Nuremberg.

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