The market square in Halle was cordoned off in a radius of 100 meters after the incident. According to the current status of the investigation, the police assume that the accident was a tragic event.
Halle (dpa) – After an explosion in a public toilet in the city center of Halle (Saale) with three serious injuries, the search for the cause continues on Wednesday. According to the current status of the investigation, a tragic accident is assumed, the police said late Tuesday evening. There were therefore no indications of a possible gas accident.
The explosion happened around 6 p.m. in the toilets of a historic building on the market square, which includes a café and apartments, a police spokesman said. “The cause is currently still completely unclear.”
The girls, aged 12 and 13, were taken to the hospital. According to the police, the 51-year-old woman also suffered serious injuries late in the evening and is also being treated in a clinic.
According to the police, the marketplace was cordoned off within a radius of 100 meters after the incident. Residents around the site of the explosion were evacuated.
Specialists should find the cause
There is damage to the building, a structural engineer is checking it, said the police spokesman. The amount of property damage cannot yet be quantified. Police specialists from Magdeburg came to Halle to look for the cause of the explosion. After the investigations were completed, an acute risk situation could be ruled out. The extensive barriers were lifted around 10 p.m.
The affected building, which is located next to the Marktkirche, is a late Renaissance patrician house. It also houses the city marketing Halle (Saale) and is called Marktschlösschen.
The immediate location of the damage in the area of the toilet facility remains closed, as it was also said. The house itself can be entered again. dpa