Fiesta revellers imjured as flat explosión throws debris into street
Thirteen people enjoying a Spanish fiesta were injured, eight of them seriously, when they were struck by flying debris from a fatal gas explosion.
At least eight were seriously hurt and one of them is critical as a result of the incident in the early hours of the morning.
Witnesses said the debris “flew a considerable distance down the street” at full force.
Crowds were out on the streets in the Puente la Reinta district of Navarra in Pamplona as they partied into the small hours in celebration of the town’s patron saint festival. This was the final evening of the fiesta. Police are investigating the incident but at this stage believe the man who died, an 80-year-old resident, may have committed suicide by deliberately opening the valve of a butane gas cyclinder and then setting fire to it.
The force of the explosion was so strong that it blew the walls of his flat out, catapulting huge chunks of bricks and glass into the street below which was packed with fiesta revellers.
Firefighters found the body of the dead man in the wreckage of his first-floor apartment in a three-storey block which was conpletetely destroyed.
The other residents, one of whom suffered an injured arm, were ordered to leave amid fears of a total collapse of the building. An adjoining house was also evacuated.
The Navarra government confirmed 13 people had been hurt in the explosion, all of whom were in the street when it happened.
“Two of the injured, a 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, are in intensive care with a severe and very severe prognosis, respectively. Three other patients, 19, 21 and 23 years old, remain in observation and present different injuries that, in principle, are less serious. In addition, a man of 59 years was admitted to the traumatology department and three others, one minor and two adults, have been treated and subsequently discharged,” said a spokesman.