Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion

A fire brigade exercise in Wilkau-Haßlau on Tuesday evening left nine children and two adults injured after a mysterious explosion, authorities in the state of Lower Saxony reported on Wednesday morning.

Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion
A file photo of a German fire fighter exercise. Photo: DPA

Three of these people suffered severe injuries when an empty concrete-slab building being used for fire simulation rescue practice suddenly erupted in an explosion, sending glass shards and other shrapnel into a crowd of onlookers, police reported.

The group of people had gathered some 50 metres away to watch the fire.

Two adults, a four-year-old and eight children between 10 and 14-years-old were treated in a nearby hospital after sustaining cuts and bruises from the debris.

Most of the injured were allowed to return to their homes after treatment, but three remained for observation overnight.

A car parked nearby the accident was also damaged, police said, adding that they have undertaken an investigation into the incident.

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