Munitions found at site of German blast

Exploding gas canisters are thought to have caused a deadly blast at an east German apartment.
Exploding gas canisters are thought to have caused a deadly blast at an east German apartment.

Gas canisters and old war munitions have been found in an apartment where a blast in eastern Germany killed one and injured at least 15 others.

The victim was believed to be a 78-year-old man who was renting the Blankenburg property where the inflammable materials were found, German police said on Twitter

Police said they believed Friday morning's blast was caused by exploding canisters and added that specialist bomb disposal teams were assisting officers.

The area around the property was sealed off and nearby residents were evacuated, including children at a local nursery.

None of the children were hurt, police said.

Passers-by told broadcaster MDR they saw several people lying unconscious on the ground as the fire brigade arrived.

A photo tweeted by police showed a five-storey, communist-era residential block with smoke rising from blackened windows on the second floor.

Blankenburg is a city in the hilly Harz district, in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Australian Associated Press