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Mystery blast blows doors off Lund restaurant

17 Sep 2012, 08:12

Published: 17 Sep 2012 08:12 GMT+02:00

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The shockwave from the explosion shattered a number of windows in the building that housed the restaurant, as well as other buildings along nearby streets.

"It spread both up the facades and out into the streets," duty officer Hans Nilsson with the Skåne County police told the TT news agency.

"The damage near the restaurant entryway was extensive."

The explosion took place at the entrance to the Rauhrackel restaurant on Stora Algatan, in the middle of Lund's medieval district, about 20 minutes after midnight.

The restaurant was closed and empty at the time.

"We received a huge number of calls about the blast," said Nilsson.

Emergency services carried out precautionary searches of apartments above the restaurant, as a great deal of broken glass had been blown into the dwellings. However, no injuries were reported as a result of the explosion.

"We don't know of any threats against the restaurant or the owner," said Nilsson.

"Nor is it clear what exactly exploded."

Three patrol cars responded to initial reports of the explosion, and bomb-sniffing dogs were later called in to search for any remaining explosives.

Forensic experts from the police have since taken over the investigation, which is expected to continue throughout the day on Monday.

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"We're knocking on doors, interviewing witnesses, as well as the restaurant owner, who arrived a short time ago," Nilsson told TT early Monday morning.

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Your comments about this article

08:47 September 17, 2012 by skogsbo
micheal cane would be proud!
09:04 September 17, 2012 by gumbojinx
Thanks Skogsbo, that comment gave me the first chuckle of the day.
09:39 September 17, 2012 by StockholmSam
Somebody did not pay their mafia tax.
10:20 September 17, 2012 by Richard Head
Gustav Vasa is turning over in his grave at what Sweden has become in only 30 short years.
10:46 September 17, 2012 by Hunner1210
If I had a dollar for every time a random explosion went off on a random empty street in random Sweden, I would be rich. Haha it's almost as if the reporters plant them so that it seems like there's actual news-worthy things happening in Sweden..
10:58 September 17, 2012 by RobinHood
""Nor is it clear what exactly exploded."

It definitely was not a bomb planted to extort money from the owners. It was a dragon.
11:10 September 17, 2012 by Atlas
Did i tell you last night was the official ending of Nollning here at Lund University ;)...
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