Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany - LPG tank explosion

Published:  30 September, 2013

16 firefighters injured, 3,000 residents evacuated.

The explosion happened at around 4.20am on Saturday 28 September on the premises of Hoffmann Gastrans GmbH in Harthausen, Rhineland-Palatinate.

First on the scene were firefighters from Dudenhofen with support from neighbouring firefighters from Speyer, Ludwigshafen and BASF's own Fire Brigade. A total of 450 fire, rescue and police personnel were in attendance.

On arrival of the first fire engine two gas tankers exploded which lead to the injuring of 16 firefighters – seven of them severely so. The blast of the explosion was heard up to 30 kilometres away in the cities of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim.

Due to a risk of further explosions 3000 residents were evacuated, and police officers drove through the town with loudspeakers to inform residents about the evacuation. For residents who could not stay with relatives or friends , a shelter in a hall in the neighbouring town of Dudenhofen was established.

The police are treating the incident as arson and are currently investigating. 

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

Waterax - We move water

Trusted by wildland firefighters around the world, WATERAX sets the industry standard by developing innovative, portable fire pumps and water-handling equipment designed to withstand demanding applications and rugged environments.

Big Water Flow for Industrial and Municipal Firefighting Applications

Protecting the lives of the public and firefighters while limiting the structural damage caused in large scale fires is our primary mission

We are committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way

We have a unique mix of capability and culture that we refer to as 3M Science and we strive to develop products that improve people’s daily lives in a multitude of ways.

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.