More than 70 injured in gas cylinder explosion

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
More than 70 injured in gas cylinder explosion

At least 77 people have been injured, five seriously, after a gas cylinder exploded in a cafe in the Spanish town of Velez-Malaga on the southern coast.

A spokesman for the Andalucia region's emergency unit said five people were being treated for serious injuries after the explosion during a festival in the town, which is close to the popular tourist destination of Malaga.

Pictures from the scene show severe damage to the La Bohemia cafe and debris strewn across a street.

Local newspaper La Opinion de Malaga said that the chef had raised the alarm moments before the blast.

The newspaper also reported that police cars helped ferry the injured to hospital because the local ambulance service was overwhelmed with casualties.

The cause of the blast "could have been a gas leak," the town's mayor, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, told local reporters.