Teams of fire-fighters from the Ghent and Zelzate (East Flanders) fire services attended the scene. The building in which to explosion occurred has been evacuated and the Provincial Medical Disaster Plan is now in force.
A spokesperson for the Ghent Fire Service told VRT News that there was never any danger for those living close to the steelworks.
There had been reports that toxic fumes had escaped into the air after the explosion. However, these proved to be unfounded. There was also no fire after the explosion.
The situation is now under control and the Fire Service has now left the scene. It is still unclear what caused the explosion.