Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said Tuesday that it found explosives and a chemical weapon inside an industrial complex used by a German steel maker.
The BKA said the chemicals were found in the industrial area on a stretch of farmland in the town of St. Gallen.
The chemical agent is called “toxic,” but the BKA did not give a precise chemical classification, according to the local press.
The chemicals were also found in a container containing chemicals for another industrial complex, the BBA said.
Gallen police department, which was called in to investigate the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The factory, which had been closed for years, was abandoned in 2012.
Its demolition was ordered by the local council after the plant was declared “unsafe” because of its poor safety record.