Explosion Reported in Antwerp, Belgium; Injuries Reported

January 15, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018

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.”

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.

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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