Only yesterday, workers at a Kraft Foods factory in northern Germany made what some would consider to be a huge mistake and accidentally added acid into a sodium tank.
Almost immediately, the two chemical compounds reacted with one another and a poisonous gas cloud was formed.
Faced with this situation, company representatives were left with no choice other than to call in the firefighters, hoping that they would know best how to handle the problem.
While 700 specialists wearing protective suits are trying to gain control of the situation as soon as possible, seeing how an explosion could occur at any given moment, local authorities saw fit to evacuate roughly 1,400 people living nearby.
report that Heike Hauerken, spokesperson for Krafts Food, told members of the press that, “The gas at no time been any danger for the population because we decided, along with the authorities, to evacuate as a precautionary measure.”
Besides asking these 1,400 individuals to leave their homes and move to a safer location, authorities agreed to also close local schools, nurseries and part of a motorway running close to the town of Bad Fallingbostel, where this incident occurred.
Apparently, earlier today the firefighters who were already busy trying to cool down the tank saw fit to ask that additional teams be sent in, given the fact that, in spite of their best efforts, the situation seemed to be only getting worse.
A member of the fire brigade explained that the teams sent in to tackle the accidental chemical reaction could only spend a few minutes trying to make heads and tails of the situation, which is why having more trained people at the location is mandatory.
“We have to swap in the specialists every 20 minutes, and then we also need new protective suits, and they are running short,” Stephen Meier explained.
Hopefully, more information on this topic will soon be made available.