Incident at ArcelorMittal site in Differdange – Stand-down of Crisis Cell at 8.36 p.m.

As announced at the end of the day on Monday, 13 June 2016 by the Crisis Cell set up under the 'Mass Casualties' Plan triggered by the incident which occurred on the ArcelorMittal site in Differdange, the measurement operations concerning the two wagons on the ArcelorMittal site continued throughout the day on Tuesday, 14 June. All the measurement results were once again negative.

The content of the two wagons has been continuously analysed, unloaded and sorted. Nothing showed any chemical or biological traces or residues.

Army experts have confirmed that the shells discovered in the two wagons were conventional weaponry that had already been properly disarmed.

On the basis of these results, it is confirmed that the population has not at any point been exposed to any risk to safety and public health.

As a result, the Government's Crisis Cell, headed by Minister for the Interior Dan Kersch, has been stood down.

Even so, as well as the investigation carried out by the Inspectorate of Employment and Mines, the public prosecutor has instructed the criminal investigation department to determine the origin of the health problems affecting the three workers during the incident, which is not known at present.

The Minister for the Interior thanks all the professionals and volunteers involved since the start of the incident.

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