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Explosion at Hong Kong police station blows through walls, shatters glass

Firefighters are probing cause of blast, thought to have come from a water heater

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 12:24am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 9:26pm

An explosion went off at a Hong Kong police station on Friday night, spraying shattered glass from the building and into the street below.

Sources said the blast at Hung Hom Police Station was strong, sending a ventilation fan and debris across Princess Margaret Road, a dual carriageway.

It seemed no one had been injured.

Police sources said the explosion happened inside a washroom with bathing facilities on the building’s 11th floor.

Just after midnight, firefighters were conducting checks at the scene.

The blast was thought to have been caused by a water heater.

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department sent staff to the scene to investigate the incident. It believed after its initial investigation that there were problems with the components of the electric water heater, which resulted in excessive pressure, leading to the explosion.

The department would help police to inspect other similar heaters.

Police said they believed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the explosion.