Gas explosion in a restaurant on La Rambla Nova with several injuries
A loud roar has shaken this Sunday afternoon in a good part of the northern area of the Rambla Nova. A gas explosion, confirmed by Bombers, inside the Japanese restaurant Koyo (located at number 26), in the section closest to the Balcó del Mediterrani, has caused the glass of the shop window to break, the false ceiling to fall and a Balance of seven injured, five of a minor nature and two less serious (SEM speaks of six affected, the City Council of seven). All of them have been referred to the city hospitals: Santa Tecla and Joan XXIII with SEM ambulances.
Calls to 112 have begun to come in at 3:57 p.m. and Bombers have activated a total of 7 crews, the Guàrdia Urbana de Tarragona several patrols, Mossos also several troops and the SEM has also taken up to 6 ambulances to act against possible people wounds.
The causes at this time are uncertain and the report that Mossos will prepare will take a few days. But yes, there are crystals that were half falling and others that have broken when they hit the sidewalk. These have caused the injuries to two pedestrians. The other wounded would be the local cooks.
The rooms of the local Japanese food have also been reviewed. As the minutes of the explosion have passed, it has been confirmed that the building that houses the restaurant would not have suffered structural damage and although it remains to be corroborated by the technical services of the City Council, the upper floors are safe.
The injured people could be employees of the premises, cooks, and the explosion could have also affected the lateral part of the premises on Roger de Llúria street. This information has been confirmed throughout the afternoon, where in addition to the affected staff (the restaurant was closed), two pedestrians would also have suffered injuries when they received the impact of the window glass.
The mayor of Tarragona, Pau Ricomà, has approached the Rambla Nova to find out first-hand what has happened this Sunday afternoon. He then explained that the explosion took place when the restaurant, located at number 26, was closed, but that it affected "two people who were passing on the sidewalk in front" and the others who were inside (the cooks ).
Bombers have reviewed the state of the floors of the upper floors of the restaurant, which has been filled with debris from the collapse of the false ceiling and broken windows.
For now, the causes of the explosion are unknown, and are being investigated by the Mossos d'Esquadra, but Ricomà has pointed out that "almost certainly" it was caused by a gas leak.
The area has been sealed off in order to remove the debris generated by this explosion, most likely caused by a gas leak.