The police wanted the cause: the explosion in Halle was probably caused by spray cans

In a heavy explosion in Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, three people are seriously injured.

The police wanted the cause: the explosion in Halle was probably caused by spray cans

In a heavy explosion in Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, three people are seriously injured. The accident may be due to ignited deodorant spray bottles, the police reported. Investigators are now looking for who was responsible for the detonation.

Several deodorant spray bottles are said to have triggered an explosion in Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt, in which two girls and a woman were seriously injured on Tuesday evening. "There is a suspicion that these are related to the events," said a police spokesman. The spray bottles were found at the scene of the accident - a public toilet facility in a residential and commercial building on the market square. The police had already ruled out a gas accident on Tuesday evening.

The police spoke of a tragic accident. The investigators did not provide any further details as to how the deodorant bottles could have exploded. It is now the aim of the investigations to find the cause of the detonation. The two girls, aged 12 and 13, and the 51-year-old woman would continue to be treated in hospital. All three were seriously injured, but not life-threatening.

The fire brigade, rescue service and police were deployed after the explosion for a large-scale operation. They cordoned off a large area of ​​the partially damaged house, and residents had to temporarily leave their homes. Tram traffic on the market square was also discontinued.

The blockage was lifted after several hours because, according to the police, an acute danger situation could be ruled out. The damaged house could also be entered again, only the toilet facilities remained closed for the time being. The affected building, which is located next to the Marktkirche, is a late Renaissance patrician house. It also houses the Stadtmarketing Halle and is called Marktschlösschen. Despite the damage to the building, the house can still be used after it has been checked by a structural engineer. The extent of the damage is still being determined.

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