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The detentions took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism.
The explosion at the waste management facility of the Chempark site in Leverkusen, near Cologne, sent a large black cloud into the air.
Germany’s Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the explosion as “an extreme threat” and asked residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.
Germany's national weather service said Thursday that regions hit by deadly floods last week could again see heavy rain at the weekend.
German officials are defending their preparations for flooding in the face of the raging torrents.
More than 30 people have died and dozens of people were missing Thursday in Germany and neighboring Belgium.
Young firefighter is killed in an explosion while investigating a gas leak.