Monday 23 September 2019

Bus explodes in Rome’s historic centre after ‘short circuit’

No-one was hurt after the flames engulfed the bus and charred nearby buildings.

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Rome (AP)
Firefighters tackle the blaze in Rome (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A public bus has exploded into a ball of fire in the heart of Rome’s historic centre after an apparent electrical short circuit.

No-one was seriously injured in the incident.

Dozens of tourists and passersby watched as the flames engulfed the bus, shortly after 10am local time (9am BST). Several explosions popped, setting off nearby car alarms.

The bus charred nearby buildings (AP)

The blaze charred several storeys of the nearby building along the Italian capital’s Via del Tritone, just a few blocks from the premier’s office and the Trevi Fountain.

Prosecutors and the public transport service ATAC opened investigations into the cause. The ANSA news agency said it was apparently sparked by a short circuit.

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