LIMA – A powerful and apparently accidental explosion in a facility of the National Police of Peru, or PNP, in the Surquillo district of Lima, left two agents with slight injuries and alarmed the Peruvian capital, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.
Stored in the basement of the police offices were explosives, which were apparently detonated during the night due to an accumulation of gases, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti.
“There was an accumulation of gases in that basement because the explosive materials were in a state of overheating, and when flames broke out, that’s what caused the explosion,” the minister told reporters.
He said the accident occurred in a PNP storeroom full of explosives that were some 30 years old and which damaged walls and destroyed windows of the police offices.
“There was no attack – it was the accumulation of gases that caused the explosion,” Urresti assured the alarmed local residents, whose first thought was that this was a bomb attack.
The commander of the Volunteer Firefighters Corps, Mario Casaretto, said for his part that two police officers suffered slight injuries in the explosion.