Last updated: 09:02 PM ET, Sat October 01 2016

77 Injured In Gas Explosion At Spanish Tourist Town

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | October 01, 2016

77 Injured In Gas Explosion At Spanish Tourist Town

PHOTO: The aftermath of the gas explosion in a café in Malaga, Spain. (Courtesy Twitter/LoloHirschfield)

A gas explosion ripped through a café in the popular Spanish coastal tourist town of Malaga on Saturday, injuring 77 people, including five seriously.

The explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas leak at the La Bohemia restaurant, though other reports say a gas cylinder was involved.

The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reported that “the local mayor said that early examinations indicate the blast was caused by a gas leak which built up in a closed room, which eventually overheated and sparked a fire which caused the explosion. There is no suggestion that there are any suspicious circumstances involved.”

The BBC also pointed out that the local newspaper, La Opinion de Malaga, reported that a chef at the café raised the alarm just moments before the blast occurred and urged people to flee, preventing even more serious injuries.

British newspaper The Sun noted that the area on the southern coast of Spain is hugely popular with English tourists and ex-pats who have settled in the area.


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.

Honeymoon in St. Maarten With Sonesta Resorts

Hotels & Resorts