After an explosion, several vehicles caught fire at the center of Milan.
Sky TG24 said the explosion was caused by a van. This has been confirmed since then by the mayor of the Italian city.
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that the vehicle was carrying oxygen when it exploded. This caused “domino explosives”.
Other vehicles were engulfed by flames and thick black smoke was seen rising from the wreckage.
The newspaper reported that at least five cars and 4 mopeds had caught fire, and the flames scorched the facades on buildings in the street, including apartments and pharmacies.
The evacuation of a nearby nursing home and school.
Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of the city, said that the driver had informed the fire brigade that the blaze began in the van’s engine.
The mayor stated that “he quickly grabbed oxygen cylinders which he was carrying… He tried to minimize the damage, but then an explosion occurred.”
The van driver was also injured, but only minor injuries.
According to local media, four people were injured.
No reports have been made of any deaths.
The Porta Romana district of the city was cordoned by police. Firefighters extinguished the flames.
Social media images and videos showed crowds spilling onto adjacent streets as the smoke and commotion rose.