Police seek answers for nightclub explosion

Police and bomb technicians have launched an investigation into the explosion that rocked a busy nightclub in central Sweden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police seek answers for nightclub explosion

The blast resulted in the evacuation of the Blue Moon Bar in Västerås on Sunday night, although no one was injured in the mysterious blast.

Bomb tecnicians have claimed that the the incident “was no accident”.

Nearly 700 people were in the nightclub at the time of the explosion, which occurred on the terrace of the club just after midnight, and also resulted in the evacuation of a small hotel nearby.

According to one patron of the club, there was an enormous sense of confusion inside as the music was cut and the guests were told to leave.

“We were on the dance floor and saw one of the security guards rushing to the DJ, and the music was quickly turned off,” one witness told The Local.

“Everyone was puzzled – a voice came over the speakers telling us we had to leave – we weren’t even allowed to get our jackets until the next day. None of us heard the explosion as the music was so loud inside.”

The witness explained how the patrons were alerted to the fact that a bomb had gone off on the outdoor terrace, and that no one was injured.

“No one seemed panicked though. By the time we knew what had happened on the terrace, there was no longer any unrest. As far as we heard, only some glass got smashed from the blast. Many people even went on to another club,” the witness told The Local.

The patrons were left standing outside with their drinks in hand, and many were left without their keys and phones which were inside their jackets in the closet, according to the witness.

Police are now investigating the incident, yet have identified no suspects.

“Bomb technicians have been on the scene and we still have our own technicians working there too,” said Åsa Hedin of the Västmanland police to TT.

“We’re getting many tipoffs from the public and this is something that we hope continues.”

Police also interviewed the long line of people who came to collect their jackets on Sunday.

The event has been labelled as public devastation by police, who as of Sunday night still had no suspects in the case.

TT/Oliver Gee

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Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Police by a Gothenburg pier
Police close to where the suspect's body was found in the water. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived.

City workers pulled a body out of a central Gothenburg waterway early Wednesday that “was identified as that of the man sought by police and prosecutors… after the explosion in a building,” prosecutors said in a statement.

They added that suicide was the most plausible cause of death. The man was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued earlier this week.

The suspect, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the day of the explosion, had vanished without a trace.

The blast, which sparked a major fire, landed 16 people in hospital including four with serious injuries, and residents of 140 apartments were evacuated.