Bologna explosion: damage caused by the blast in Italy

Frederick Owens
August 6, 2018

The bridge collapsed under the force of the blast, spreading the fire to a auto park where several other vehicles caught fire and exploded.

The explosion was caused by an accident involving a truck transporting flammable substances, the AP report said citing Italian news agency ANSA.

More than a dozen people were seriously injured, local media said, including police officers and carabinieri (military police).

He said that there were seven to eight minutes of what sounded like explosions causing the glass roof of the restaurant to collapse.

Fire in Bologna
Fire raging on the motorway outside Bologna

Firefighters work at the scene where a tanker truck exploded on a motorway just outside Bologna, northern Italy, on August 6, 2018.

The blast shook the city, shattering windows in surrounding buildings and destroying cars in two dealerships under the flyover. Videos show flames shooting up in the air after the explosion, replaced later by a thick black cloud of smoke.

It is not known if more than one vehicle was involved in the collision, and local news reports that several people are thought to be wounded.

The explosion occurred near Borgo Paginale to west of the city, very close to Bologna airport, about 2 pm (1200 GMT), the Italian fire service said on Twitter.

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