Madrid: At least six have been injured following an explosion in underground Madrid Metro after a girl’s laptop exploded in her bag. According to police and the city's underground transport authority, the blast sparked scenes of panic as passengers thought the explosion was a bomb.
Ambulances and police were called to the subway station to treat and evacuate passengers following the explosion at about 9:00 am on Monday. Reports on the ground indicate that passengers activated the emergency brake and left the train on foot, walking along the subway tracks to Principe de Vergara station.
The fire generated a large amount of smoke, forced the evacuation of the train and interrupted traffic on line 9 between the stations of Sainz de Baranda and Avenida de América in both directions, the train operator said.
"Around 10 police officers were deployed to the Príncipe de Vergara metro station after a portable computer caused a small explosion," Spain's National Police said in a statement.
"All those injured were attended to and everything points to an accidental cause to the incident," it added.
City of Madrid fire services attended the station and several ambulances were deployed, although most of those treated were suffering from anxiety attacks, officials told EFE.
Local media reported that around six people received treatment by emergency services at the scene. The metro service said the interruption was expected to take around 15 minutes to clear. The exact cause of the laptopn explosion is yet to be known.
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