Mystery blast blows doors off Lund restaurant

A powerful blast blew out the entrance of an Austrian restaurant in Lund in southern Sweden shortly after midnight on Sunday, with police still unsure of exactly what caused the explosion.

Mystery blast blows doors off Lund restaurant

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.

“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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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.