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Blast rocks central Stockholm, police suspect gas leak

Blast rocks central Stockholm, police suspect gas leak
A "powerful" blast has been heard in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, eyewitnesses told local media. The area has been cordoned off by police who suspect the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

The blast which was described by witnesses as “powerful” occurred on Brännkyrkagatan street  at 11:40 am local time, Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

Windows were shattered in a nearby house, however, the apartment's owner told Expressen.se this is unrelated to the blast.

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It isn’t clear what happened,” Stockholm police official Albin Näverberg told Aftonbladet.

He told local media that police are looking into the causes and suggested that  there could have been a gas leak.

There was a small blast in the south part of the center, no one was hurt. They suspect [it was] a gas leak,” said RT's stringer in the Swedish capital.

Stockholm police have contacted the owner of the apartment where the blast happened. “There are no signs of a crime,” the local police department said on its website.