HELSINKI (AP) — A powerful explosion rocked a Swedish apartment building early Tuesday in Goteborg, injuring up to 20 people, setting off multiple fires and forcing the evacuation of hundreds. Police said they suspect the blast may have been caused by an explosive device.
The explosion took place just before 5 a.m. in the Annedal district in central Goteborg, Sweden's second-largest city. Fires spread to several apartments, and fire department crews were still working to extinguish the flames mid-morning.
Jon Pile, operations manager at the greater Goteborg rescue service, said the blast prompted some people to jump out of their windows to escape.
Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said the cause of the explosion was not yet known, but he told Swedish broadcaster TV4 that investigators think foul play might have been involved. They are looking into whether any tenants might have been targeted, he said.
“We suspect that someone might have placed something that has exploded,” Fuxborg said.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital spokeswoman Ingrid Frederiksson said 16 people were taken to Goteborg’s main hospital. Four people — three older women and a man in his 50s — were being treated for serious injuries, she said. Some with lesser injuries were treated on the scene.
Building resident Lars Hulten told the daily newspaper Goteborg Tidning that the sound of the explosion woke him up.
“It was probably the