Two killed in fireworks-linked explosions in Switzerland

By AFP
June 15, 2024
A policeman seen in this undated image. — Reuters/file

GENEVA: Two men were killed and nearly a dozen people injured when explosions ripped through an underground garage in northern Switzerland, police said on Friday.

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Investigators believe fireworks sparked the explosions in the garage in Nussbaum, near Zurich, regional police spokesman Daniel Wachter told a press conference, according to the Keystone-ATS news agency.

The bodies of two men -- a 43-year-old Italian national and a 24-year-old Swiss citizen -- were found inside the garage after the explosions occurred at around 7:00pm (1700 GMT) on Thursday.

Eleven people were slightly injured and around 100 had to be evacuated because the explosions sparked a fire that spread to the building above the garage, which suffered considerable damage, police said. Pictures published by Blick newspaper showed a large plume of smoke billowing up and flames licking the bottom floors of a high-rise building in the small town, located around 25-kms northwest of Switzerland´s largest city.

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