Explosion rocks central Milan: Several vehicles on fire after ‘van bursts into flames’ 


Explosion rocks central Milan: Street in flames after van carrying gas cylinders mysteriously blows up

  • Footage showed thick black smoke rising up from between buildings in the city
  • It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion

Several vehicles were in flames today after a van carrying gas cylinders mysteriously exploded in the centre of Milan in northern Italy.

Local police said the van had caught fire, while local reports said that four people had been injured in the subsequent blast.

SkyTG24 broadcast footage from the Milan’s Porta Romana neighbourhood, showing high plumes of black smoke rising between buildings, and firefighters on the scene.

In the aftermath, mobile phone footage from the street showed several cars in flames, as well as what appeared to be a scooter and nearby buildings.

The wreckage of one vehicle appeared to be in the centre of the one-way road.

Several vehicles are in flames in the centre of Milan in northern Italy after an explosion, the SkyTG24 news channel reported on Thursday

Several vehicles are in flames in the centre of Milan in northern Italy after an explosion, the SkyTG24 news channel reported on Thursday

Several vehicles are in flames in the centre of Milan in northern Italy after an explosion, the SkyTG24 news channel reported on Thursday

The explosion occurred at around 11.30am local time on via Pier Lombardo in the city’s Porta Romana district, 1.75 miles south-east of the city’s centre.

The city is home to around 1.3 million people.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that the van was likely en-route to the nearby Italian Auxological Institute.

Witnesses reported seeing the van catch fire, before a huge explosion.

The publication said in addition to the van, four other cars – as well as a nearby pharmacy and an apartment building – caught fire.

One person was reported to have suffered smoke inhalation. 

Pictured: Firefighters are seen in Milan working to extinguish cars that caught fire after a large blast rocked the city's Porta Romana neighborhood on Thursday

Pictured: Firefighters are seen in Milan working to extinguish cars that caught fire after a large blast rocked the city’s Porta Romana neighborhood on Thursday

Mobile phone footage from the street showed several cars in flames, as well as what appeared to be a scooter and nearby buildings. While the cars were quickly extinguished, smoke continued to billow our of the window of a nearby apartment block (pictured)

Mobile phone footage from the street showed several cars in flames, as well as what appeared to be a scooter and nearby buildings. While the cars were quickly extinguished, smoke continued to billow our of the window of a nearby apartment block (pictured)

Mobile phone footage from the street showed several cars in flames, as well as what appeared to be a scooter and nearby buildings. While the cars were quickly extinguished, smoke continued to billow our of the window of a nearby apartment block (pictured)

Pictured: Snoke is seen rising above the streets of Milan after oxygen canisters exploded today

Pictured: Snoke is seen rising above the streets of Milan after oxygen canisters exploded today

Pictured: A firefighter is seen dragging a fire hose as emergency responders work to extinguish flames caused by an explosion on Thursday

Pictured: A firefighter is seen dragging a fire hose as emergency responders work to extinguish flames caused by an explosion on Thursday

The explosion occurred at around 11.30am local time on street via Pier Lombardo in the city's Porta Romana district, south-east of the city's centre

The explosion occurred at around 11.30am local time on street via Pier Lombardo in the city’s Porta Romana district, south-east of the city’s centre

Ambulances and firefighters rushed to the scene, while the carabinieri – the police – cordoned off the area. While the blazing cars were soon extinguished, smoke was continued to billow from the windows of nearby buildings.

A nearby nursery school and one apartment building has been evacuated.

The blast came the morning after a huge Champions League semi final clash between two football clubs based in the city – Inter Milan and AC Milan.

The two clubs share a stadium and an intense, historic rivalry. There is no suggestion that the blast was connected to the match.



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