Dramatic footage shows the new ride at the Oceana Waterworld in Gothenburg, Sweden, in flames with the thick, black smoke rising into the sky, as people were evacuated
A new waterpark ride has exploded in a fireball leading to a mass evacuation in Sweden.
Dramatic footage shows the new ride at the Oceana Waterworld in Gothenburg, Sweden, in flames with thick, black smoke rising into the sky. A witness said the blaze reduced the ride’s structure into “nothing but a skeleton”, with firefighters struggling to bring the flames under control. The cause of the blast is not yet confirmed.
The alarm was raised about the fire at around 10am local time – with the explosion understood to come seconds later. The fire service warned the flames could spread to nearby residences, according to local press. Firefighter Björn van der Kaay said: “We know that there are fires in water slides, among other things, but we don’t know how it started.”
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People living in neighbouring homes have been advised to close their windows to avoid inhaling toxic fumes, with nearby Liseberg’s Grand Hotel Curiosa, as well as several apartment and office buildings evacuated. Witnesses described there being a “burnt plastic” smell. Police spokesperson August Brandt told Swedish media: “It is important that the public stays away from the site.”
There are reports that several people were injured, with Sahlgrenska University Hospital confirming it had treated four people for minor injuries without providing more detail. One resident told Expressen: “First we saw smoke, then fire and then it exploded. We have seen how the water slide has been formed over several months. Now it only looks like there is a skeleton left.”
Rescue services spokesman Klas Lüppert told SVT: “There is a lot of plastic in the construction. So (the smoke) is not healthy to inhale. That’s why we’re going out with a public health warning.”