New explosion hits Antalya

New explosion hits Antalya

An explosion outside a chamber of commerce building in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya wounded several people on Tuesday but the mayor said there were no life-threatening injuries and the blast may have been an accident.

The cause of the explosion, which occurred at about 8:50 a.m., was unclear.

"It could be an explosion caused by an accident. Initial information suggests there are no life-threatening injuries," Antalya Mayor Menderes Turel told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Smoke rose from the remnants of one vehicle in the car park outside the chamber of commerce and industry building and surrounding vehicles were damaged. The blast left cracks in the facade of the building and blew out windows, TV footage showed.

Antalya Chamber of Trade and Industry head Davut Çetin told the broadcaster that there were no casualties in the explosion.

Çetin added that the incident might have been caused by the explosion of a vehicle with an LPG system.

Doğan News Agency (DHA) correspondent Hasan Demirbaş said there was a destroyed vehicle at the scene, as well as a large number of lightly injured people. There were also four other vehicles and buildings that had experienced damage in the vicinity, he said. 

The press secretary of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Svetlana Sergeyeva, said that Rosturizm is seeking to clarify whether any Russian citizens were injured in the explosion.

"Rosturizm is in close contact with the Russian consulate in Antalya. We are watching the situation. There is no information that some of injured are Russians," she said.

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