Nightclub blast kills 27 in Romanian capital of Bucharest

Fire at nightclub in Romania's capital kills 27, wounds several others says Romanian authorities

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Emergency services respond to the scene outside the nightclub in Bucharest, Romania October 31, 2015.

Updated Oct 31, 2015

Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, Gabriel Oprea said that at least 27 people died and 155 have been wounded in a nightclub blast in the Romanian capital of Bucharest late Friday.

"The situation is slowly stabilising ... we have many people with burns, intoxicated with smoke and people squashed," said Deputy Interior Minister, Raed Arafat adding many of the victims have no identification documents.

Dozens of ambulances and firetrucks rushed to the scene to take the injured people to hospitals.

Arafat said there were almost 400 people in the club attending a rock concert.

“An investigation into the causes of the incident was already underway,” he added.

Government officials said that the incident is the worse to took place in the capital in decades.

An eyewitness who survived the blast told Reuters, as he was escaping without shoes "There was a stampede of people running out of the (Colectiv) club."

According to Romanian media, eyewitnesses said a spark was ignited near the area where the band was performing.

The event featured a "customised light show and pyrotechnic effects", according to a Facebook event page set up by the club.

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis said through social that he was "deeply grieved by the tragic events that happened this evening in downtown."

"It is a very sad day for all of us, for our nation and for me personally," he added.

Cabinet ministers will gather on Saturday morning in an emergency meeting, where the incident will be assesed. 

TRTWorld and agencies