After a bomb at a block of apartments in Sweden, 25 people were injured and over 100 more were evacuated.
Following an explosion in a block of flats in Gothenburg, Sweden, more than 100 people were evacuated and 25 were injured.
On Tuesday, a bomb at an apartment building in Gothenburg, Sweden, injured 25 people and forced more than 100 people to flee their homes.
The explosion’s cause is currently being investigated.
At 5 a.m., an explosion shook the block in downtown Gothenburg, sending scared people fleeing to the exits and forcing others to clamber onto the balconies of neighboring flats in an attempt to flee.
Smoke can be seen streaming out the front doors of the building in photos taken at the site.
According to early accounts, at least 16 persons have been brought to the hospital.
Four persons were hospitalized for significant injuries, according to a representative for Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Three women, aged 60 to 80, were among the most critically injured.
During the rescue efforts, one firefighter was also reported to have suffered minor injuries.
Anyone still inside the building is being evacuated by emergency responders.
The cause of the explosion has been ruled out as a gas leak, but emergency services have not commented on alternative possibilities.
Several hundred individuals in nearby neighborhoods were evacuated from close proximity to the explosion, according to a representative for the emergency services.
According to the Independent, the Greater Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Service has ruled out natural reasons for the explosion.
There were 11 ambulances on the site, according to reports.
Police have acknowledged that an inquiry has been launched, but have not released any other information.
Just after 5 a.m., a building occupant reported hearing noises from the street.
It had been about 15 minutes since the explosion.
“I went out onto the balcony and was surprised,” she added.
“There was smoke coming from every stairwell,” says the narrator.
“Fire trucks with ladders were removing people from apartments,” she continued.
At around 4:30 a.m., another neighborhood resident was startled awake by a loud bang.
The stairs she usually used to leave the building was off-limits, she informed the local newspaper.
She then descended from her apartment via a balcony.
The explosion occurred in a residential area of Gothenburg’s downtown district.
With a population of roughly 580,000, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city.