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Romanian nightclub blast leaves 26 dead

Emergency workers walk outside the scene of an explosion that occurred in a club in Bucharest
Emergency workers walk outside the scene of an explosion that occurred in a club in Bucharest

An explosion in a Bucharest nightclub has left 26 people dead, while 88 have been taken to hospital with injuries.

Romania’s interior minister Gabriel Oprea said the explosion occurred at a club in central Bucharest, a city of 3 million people.

Digi 24 television station cited witnesses who said the explosion came after a spark on a stage where a band was performing ignited some of the polystyrene decor.

Mr Oprea visited the Colectiv club. The ministry says there were 60 ambulances and fire engines sent to the scene and a mobile hospital had been set up outside.

Forensic workers collect items outside the site of an explosion that occurred  in a club in Bucharest
Forensic workers collect items outside the site of an explosion that occurred in a club in Bucharest

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