Two dead following mystery Stockholm blast

An explosion killed two people in a Stockholm-area apartment on Friday morning, with emergency services still unsure as to what caused the blast.

The incident occurred just before 8am on Friday morning in Midsommarkransen, a suburban district in Stockholm’s south west.

Emergency services arrived on the scene soon after to tackle the resulting blaze, however, the blast had already taken one person’s life.

“One person was found dead inside the apartment and one person was injured in the stairwell,” Jarmo Karlsten of the Stockholm emergency services told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The injured person later died in hospital.

It was a neighbour who made the emergency call.

“There was an explosion heard, a crash or a bang, and then large amounts of smoke billowed out,” said Ulf Lindgren of the Stockholm police to the TT news agency.

Emergency services later confirmed the damages, stating that there were gas lines in the building, however, they could not confirm whether gas had caused the explosion.

“The fire is now extinguished and we’re investigating the building,” Karlsten told the paper.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).