‘Criminal fire’ at National Institute of Criminology in Brussels

PUBLISHED Mon, August 29, 2016 - 1:19am EDT
Credit: Google

Emergency services in Belgium are at the scene of a 'criminal fire' at the National Institute for Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) in Brussels, officials say. The motive is unknown but earlier reports of a bomb explosion have been denied. (more)

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. local time on Monday when a loud explosion was heard at the complex in Neder-Over-Heembeek, which is located in the northern part of the City of Brussels. A fire broke out at the scene.

There were no injuries as a result of the explosion, but residents in the surrounding neighborhood reported being shaken by the blast. Firefighters extinguished the fire that engulfed the car and caused damage in the vicinity. No one was injured.

Belgian media initially reported that the incident was caused by an explosives-laden vehicle that was rammed through gates at the facility before being detonated, but officials later said that no explosives were found. Instead, the fire was likely caused by fuel that was set on fire.

"It's probably not terrorism. It's a criminal act," Ine Van Wymersch, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor's office, told the Associated Press news agency.

This is a breaking news alert. Please check back or follow @BNONews on Twitter as details become available. If you want to receive breaking news alerts by email, click here to sign up. You can also like BNO News on Facebook by clicking here.

  Brussels, Belgium     







Active shooter in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles      5 hrs  

Mass shooting in downtown Baltimore, at least 8 victims     19 hrs  

Gunman at Civic Center in San Francisco causes evacuation     1 day  

Florida Amber Alert: Jeremiah Moise abducted from North Lauderdale     1 day  

Train collision in Boudouaou, Algeria causes casualties     1 day  

email alerts

Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!

Happening Now

Active shooter in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles      5 hrs  

Cascade Mall shooting suspect arrested in Oak Harbor     18 hrs  

Mass shooting in downtown Baltimore, at least 8 victims     19 hrs  

Charlotte police release video, information in Keith Lamont Scott shooting     22 hrs  

Explosion in central Budapest causes multiple injuries      23 hrs  

More World

Yahoo confirms data breach affecting at least 500 million users     3 days  

Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad killed in crash at Rio Paralympic Games     1 wk  

Debris off Tanzania confirmed to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370     1 wk  

U.S., Canada and Mexico issue formal recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7     1 wk  

China launches space lab on road to independent space station     1 wk