Man dies in ticket machine explosion at Dortmund station

Update: A 31-year-old man appears to have died while blowing up a ticket machine at a Dortmund train station on Tuesday morning.

Man dies in ticket machine explosion at Dortmund station
The exploded ticket machine. Photo:DPA

A loud bang was heard at Dortmund-Scharnhorst station in the early hours of the morning, and officers responded at 4.20am, said a police spokesman.

Upon arrival at the platform, police discovered the completely destroyed ticket machine as well as a seriously injured man, who died despite attempts by witnesses and an emergency medic to revive him.

Investigators said they assume the man received his ultimately fatal injuries while blowing up the ticket machine.

The corpse is removed from the scene. Photo: DPA

A 26-year-old potential accomplice in the explosion was detained by police, but was later released with police saying there was no pressing suspicion to warrant holding him. 

The 26-year-old denied being involved in the explosion. He said he had met the 31-year-old man beforehand to drink alcohol and later met him by happenstance at the station. When he heard the blast, he said he called for help.

Both men are from Dortmund and are known to police, mainly for theft.

Local and long-distance rail traffic between Dortmund and Hamm was disrupted for several hours as a result of the explosion.

The North Rhine-Westphalia state criminal department in Düsseldorf (LKA) warned against such crimes where thieves blow up ATM or even cigarette machines to steal from their contents.

“The deadly case in Dortmund has shown how dangerous detonations are,” said LKA spokesman Frank Scheulen.
This is not the first time that someone has died in Germany after a dispensary machine was blown up.
In late December 2015, a Münster man died after blowing up a condom machine. He had been unable to make it to safety in time after attaching a homemade explosive to the machine, and a shard of metal struck him in the head.


German diplomat killed in Beirut blast

In the devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut, an employee of the German Embassy was also killed, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced Thursday.

German diplomat killed in Beirut blast
Lebenon's capital of Beirut on Thursday morning. Photo: DPA

“Our worst fears have been confirmed. A member of our Embassy in Beirut has died in her apartment as a result of the explosion,” he said of the first confirmed German fatality.

“All members of the Foreign Ministry are deeply saddened by the loss of their colleague.”

Maas expressed his and colleagues' condolences to the relatives and staff of the Embassy in Beirut.

“My thanks go to all those who, like our late colleague, take great personal risks every day all over the world in the service of our country,” Maas said.

A tweet from the Foreign Office expressing Maas' condolences.

READ ALSO: German embassy staff among thousands wounded in Beirut blast

The massive detonation in the port of Beirut on Tuesday has killed more than 130 people and injured around 5,000.

Rescue workers expect the number of victims to rise further. The explosion destroyed large parts of the port and surrounding areas.

Germany has pledged aid to Beirut, both in the form of financial support and Germany a large-scale Bundeswehr mission.

The country's Air Force is providing its Airbus A310 “MedEvac”, which is equipped to transport seriously injured people.

The exact cause of the detonation is still unclear. According to various reports, it is connected with large quantities of ammonium nitrate which are said to have been stored in the port for years without any safety precautions.