Dozens are injured by explosion at Spanish cafe
An explosion at a cafe in southern Spain injured 90 people at a local festival, five of them seriously, authorities said yesterday. The Saturday night explosion occurred about 7pm in downtown Velez-Malaga, a small town neighbouring Malaga, a popular tourist destination in Spain’s southern Andalusia region. A spokeswoman for the Andalusian emergency service said preliminary reports indicate a gas leak caused the blast. The blast caused some of the La Bohemia cafe’s walls and counters to collapse, injuring people inside. Chairs and tables were strewn about in the street yesterday, along with exploded glass from the cafe’s windows and doors. Mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer said the city will open an investigation. Two of the five who are seriously injured are in Malaga Hospital’s intensive care unit and are being treated for burns and traumatic injuries, the spokeswoman added. In all, 57 of the injured were taken to a nearby town hospital and more than 20 have been discharged, while 33 others went to local clinics and were treated.
DEBRIS: The aftermath of the blast