Explosion in Southern Town in Sweden Injures 25, Cause Unclear

June 7, 2019 Updated: June 7, 2019

STOCKHOLM—A powerful explosion in the southern Swedish town of Linkoping on Friday damaged buildings and lightly injured 25 people, police said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear but police said a bomb squad was on its way to the scene in downtown Linkoping and that they had opened a criminal investigation.

“There is nothing that indicates that this incident is terror-related, we do not see that,” police spokeswoman Asa Willsund said.

“We think that it occurred was outside,” Willsund said of the explosion. “We estimate that there are 25 people with minor injuries—no serious injuries or deaths.”

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Police officers are seen at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden on June 7, 2019. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters)
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Rescue personnel work at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden on June 7, 2019. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters)

Swedish public radio reported that a large blast had destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-story residential building and damaged other neighboring buildings.

The explosion blew out dozens of windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southwest of Stockholm. One of the buildings has five stories, while the other has four floors.

“Many people called in about a very powerful explosion which has led to a large number of windows being blown out,” police spokesman Bjorn Oberg said.

Rescue personnel are seen at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden on June 7, 2019. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters)
A police officer talks to a displaced resident after a block of flats was hit by an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden on June 7, 2019. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters)

“So far we have been able to confirm that there are numbers of people with light injuries. We have cordoned off a large area, several blocks.”

Pontus Johansson, a 21-year-old engineer who lives in a building nearby, said he was in the shower when he heard a loud bang.

“First I didn’t think it was anything bad, then I saw the neighbor’s window was broken so I left our apartment and saw the chaos outside,” he told Reuters.

A video posted on Twitter shows the inside of one of the apartments after today’s explosion.

By Anna Ringstrom and Simon Johnson

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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