At least ten people were injured and two were missing after a large explosion at a garage in the French city of Bordeaux on Saturday, 6 February 2021. Initial investigations suggest gas was the cause of the explosion which destroyed three buildings.
The shockwave from the explosion was felt throughout the city’s central neighbourhood, according to Jean-Michel Desplos from Sud Ouest reporting from the scene. On resident told Desplos:
“[The blast] woke me up. My whole house shook and I live about 300 meters away”.
Bordeaux explosion: What you need to know
Cause of explosion
The area is currently cordoned off by the police and a security zone has been set up to allow firefighters to carry out their searches.
Initial investigations suggest gas was the cause of the blast, which destroyed the garage as well as two neighbouring buildings and prompted around 50 firefighters to rush to the scene.
A spokesman for gas distribution company Regaz, Eric Destarac, said they can’t say for certain at this stage if “was the gas network or canisters”. Firefighters have, however, recovered gas bottles from the garage”.
Watch: The aftermath of the Bordeaux blast
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Injuries and casualties
Firefighters at the scene confirmed that an 89-year-old citizen sustained severe injuries while two other people are missing. Nine other people sustained minor injuries. One firefighter told reporters:
“At the moment, we’re worried that the number of victims will rise and that neighbouring buildings and those further away could be weakened and may collapse”.