Explosion Reported in Antwerp, Belgium; Injuries Reported
An explosion caused a building to collapse and injured several people in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday evening, Jan. 15, according to reports.
There were reports that people were trapped inside a building after the blast, which police have said is not a terrorist attack, The Independent reported.
Local media outlet Het Nieuwsblad said the explosion took place at a pizzeria. The Red Cross there are “certainly” some people under the rubble, the report said.
“The bang was so big that my window opened,” said a student from a nearby school. “It was a huge explosion.”
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Three buildings were reportedly damaged in the explosion in the Paardenmarkt area of the city.
Police said that the explosion was likely caused by a gas leak.
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Dozens of police cars and ambulances are on the scene.
Antwerp Police said: “The explosion on Paardenmarkt possibly involved three residences. There are multiple victims. The number is not known,” The Express reported.
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