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Developing: Explosion In Oslo Rocks Government Offices

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
July 22, 2011

News is just starting to come in about an explosion in Oslo, Norway.

The Associated Press says it “shattered windows and led to evacuations of office buildings near the government headquarters.”

Reuters calls it a “huge explosion” and says that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office was among those damaged. The wire service says at least several people were injured.

There’s no definitive word yet about the cause.

Some photos and videos are starting to show up via Twitter (#Norway), but we can’t vouch for their credibility just yet.

We’ll update this post as the story develops. Hit your refresh button to see our latest additions.

Update at 10:52 a.m. ET. One Death Reported:

Norway’s NRK news agency says “one person confirmed dead.” It’s also now live-blogging the news here.

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET. Live Coverage:

There’s a video feed here from VG-TV — though demand may be overwhelming its capabilities.

Update at 10:37 a.m. ET. Shattered Windows Of 20-Floor Building:

“Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop about 100 yards [away] at around 3:30 p.m. [local time] when he saw the blast shatter almost all windows of the 20-floor highrise” that houses government offices, The Associated Press reports. “He said a cloud of smoke is billowing from the bottom floors. ‘I saw three or four injured people being carried out of the building a few minutes later,’ Pedersen told The Associated Press.”

Update at 10:34 a.m. ET. Many Injured:

From Norway’s Aftenposten: “Many people are bleeding in the street outside, hit by broken glass that fell from the broken windows.”

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. “Full Chaos”:

Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper writes (the translation may not be exact) that “our reporter passed Market Street and there is full chaos people running around bewildered. … You can smell the sulphur fumes.”

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. Extensive Damage; No Second Blast, News Agency Says:

Norways NRK News has many photos and other coverage here. It reports that:

– At least eight people were injured.

– All the windows in one government building were blown out. The photos show extensive damage.

– That while there have been reports of a second explosion in the area, “it is not true.” One of the agency’s reporters at the scene says the sound was broken glass falling out of windows.

Update at 10:05 a.m. ET. Prime Minister Reportedly Safe:

“Norwegian news agency NTB says the prime minister is safe,” the AP adds. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]

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