The hypothesis of an attack is to be excluded, according to the mayor of the city.
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A truck carrying oxygen cylinders exploded Thursday, May 11 in a residential area of Milan (Italy) and injured at least one person, said a police spokesman. The explosion occurred around 11:30 a.m. in the Porta Romana district, setting fire to a dozen vehicles parked nearby, according to a statement from the fire department. Two apartments and a pharmacy were also heavily damaged.
Large flames and a cloud of smoke were visible on the site immediately after the explosion, according to images broadcast by the news channels continuously. The fire was contained by 1 p.m. “The hypothesis of an attack is to be excluded”made a point of clarifying the mayor of the Lombardy metropolis, adding that he “is a van that was carrying oxygen bottles”. The Carabinieri spokesman confirmed that one person had been injured in the arms and legs.
According to several Italian media, including the daily Corrierre della Sera And the Rai News television channel, this injured would be the driver of the van. A school near the explosion was also evacuated.