Explosion at Ikea in Eindhoven

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police evacuated an Eindhoven Ikea Monday at half past seven after an explosion occurred in a trash can outside of the building. The Explosives Defence Ordinance EOD was immediately on the scene, reported newspaper Eindhoven Dagblad.

It is not clear how many people were in the shop when the evacuation took place, but police have confirmed there have been no injuries. The EOD is currently investigating the possibility of other explosives on the premises. 

A spokesperson for Ikea said they could not yet rule out that other Dutch branches of the Swedish furniture company would experience similar events.

Just hours before the Eindhoven incident, the Flanders Expo shopping centre in Ghent was evacuated by a bomb threat, according to Belgian media. 

Ikea has been threatened in the Netherlands in the past. In March 2009, an Amsterdam branch was evacuated following a bomb threat. A woman was arrested in connection with that incident.

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