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US NewsGermany: Exploding frying pan leaves several people critically injured

16:20  09 september  2019
16:20  09 september  2019 Source:   dw.com

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Germany: Exploding frying pan leaves several people critically injured © picture-alliance/dpa/B. Stamm Provided by Deutsche Welle Around 150 people were attending a food festival when a large frying pan exploded, injuring a dozen attendees. Authorities have launched an investigation.

Over a dozen people were injured on Sunday, when a large frying pan exploded in the small German town of Alchen-Freudenberg, east of the city of Cologne.

The incident occurred at a fried potatoes stand during a traditional food festival.

Authorities on the scene told public broadcaster WDR that some 150 people were present when the frying pan exploded.

Germany: Exploding frying pan leaves several people critically injured © picture-alliance/dpa/R. Traut The cause for the incident remains unknown Fourteen people were treated on the spot by emergency personnel. But six people, ranging from 31 and 75 years of age, suffered life-threatening injuries.

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The explosion reportedly left several people at the venue injured . According to initial reports, a man and a woman were among the badly injured . The woman, a 39-year-old individual, was critically injured and was rushed to a nearby hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

They were transported by emergency helicopter to special hospitals in the larger nearby cities of Dortmund, Cologne and Bochum.

Police are investigating the incident and the cause remains unknown, but they have so far ruled out a gas leak explosion.

Authorities speculated that rain falling on one of the large pans could have interacted with the boiling fat and triggered the explosion.

Local officials met with the victims and relatives, and said they planned to brief the community on the state of the investigation.

jcg/rt (AFP, dpa)

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