BRUSSELS – An explosion hit a sports centre in the southern Belgian city of
Chimay early Friday, killing one person and injuring four others, China’s
Xinhua news agency reported.
Parts of the building at the “Le Chalon” sports centre was destroyed by the
blast, which occurred shortly after midnight. Pieces of broken glasses could be
seen dozens of meters from the building.
The deceased victim is a man in his forties, said emergency services
spokesman Michel Mean. The two seriously injured have been transported to
For now, the cause of the explosion is still undetermined. “The building is
not supplied by mains gas,” said the spokesman, “Bottles were found on site, but
for now, we do not have evidence to determine the cause of the accident.”
Chimay is about 110 km south of the Belgian capital Brussels and close to
the French border.