Hamburger stall at Ghent Festival explodes
A hamburger stall located at a crowded area at the Ghent Festival exploded, leaving two people badly injured.23 July 2008
GHENT - An explosion has occurred at a hamburger stall at the Ghent Festival, leaving two people badly burnt and others with slight injuries
The explosion happened at the heart of the revelry in a street near the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral and is usually crowded with party-goers.
The explosion happened at 5am on Wednesday when many people were still partying.
Within seconds of the explosion, the emergency services were there to treat the injured victims. The victims all sustained burnt injuries.
Ghent chief commissioner Steven De Smet says it was a very big explosion and several surrounding streets had to be cleared. The stall burned to a cinder.
The annual Ghent Festival kicked off with a big opening parade through the streets of the historic inner city on Saturday.
During the 10-day festival, over 250 organisers will be responsible for 3,000 activities, including a number of free concerts on market squares in the inner city, theatre shows, guided walks, markets, lectures and balls.
The capital of East Flanders, Ghent, invested over EUR 124 million in the festival, 13 percent more than 2007.
The police are still investigating what the cause of the blast but it is believed the accident occurred when gas canisters were being changed.
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For more information on the Ghent Festival, go to www.gentsefeesten.be