The explosion, on Guldsmedsgatan in the town centre, broke windows in nearby buildings. The man who usually drives the car, an Audi, was taken for questioning.
“There was a terrible bang – I jumped straight into the air,” said 89-year-old local resident Maria Cedervall. She was sitting at her kitchen table in her one bedroom apartment in the neighbouring building when the car exploded at midday.
“All the windows broke in the room facing the street – four windows. It’s a good job that the kitchen’s on the other side of the building,” she said.
Police have sealed off the area around the black Audi, which was parked on a footpath between two buildings. They plan to carry out a forensic examination of the car.
Power was knocked out in at least three houses near to where the car exploded. Emergency service staff have inspected the damage and contacted the buildings’ landlords.
Another resident was standing by her window when the car exploded. She said she felt the force of the blast, after which she saw a man standing right next to the car. There have been reports, so far unconfirmed by police, that the man was sitting in the car when the explosion happened.
The driver of the car is previously known to the police, according to local police commander Mats Lanner.