There was an explosion in the city center of Halle on Tuesday evening, leaving two seriously injured young people. It happened around 6 p.m. in the public toilets in the Marktschlösschen on the market square, three people were injured in total, a police spokesman said on Tuesday evening.
A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A 51-year-old woman was slightly injured. "The cause is currently still completely unclear," said the spokesman.
According to the police, the square was cordoned off within a radius of 100 meters. Residents around the site of the explosion were evacuated from their homes.
There is damage to the building, a structural engineer is checking it, said the police spokesman. In addition, police specialists from Magdeburg are on their way to Halle to look for the cause of the explosion. The "Bild" reported that bystanders had noticed the smell of gas. The police did not confirm this.
The Marktschlösschen, which is located next to the Marktkirche, is a patrician house from the late Renaissance. It houses the Stadtmarketing Halle (Saale) with tourist information and a café.