Suitcase ‘explosion’ near migration centre sparks security scare in Germany

A blazing suitcase found outside a reception centre for migrants sparked a major security scare in Germany on Wednesday. The bag was found on fire and there was a “detonation incident” police in Zirndorf said. Witnesses reported an explosion but police said there was no indication that explosives were detonated and the blast may have been caused by a spray can inside the suitcase. On their official Twitter account, they added: “no explosion, no injuries”.

The possibility that aerosol cans were stored in the suitcase for the explosion is under investigation. It appears that no one was in danger at any time. No injuries have yet been reported to the police.

German police

Witnesses have said they saw several men ran away from the scene after the blast. Police issued descriptions of a man aged around 30 and a woman of about 25 who were believed to have been seen with the suitcase. Pictures of the scene outside the migrant centre in Bavaria appeared to show debris in an alleyway. The incident came just days after a Syrian with suspected links to Islamic State blew himself up near a bar in Ansbach, also in Bavaria.