Wednesday, 04. December 2013 - 21:12
12. 06. 12. - 13:00
A German family of six that were in this house when it suddenly exploded survived with only light injuries and did not even need to be hospitalised after the blast at Oberhausen.
The six aged between 13 and 75 were able to walk away from the debris after the mystery explosion left the semi-detached house at the city's Hirtenstrasse ruined.
The family's grandfather Jonas Thalberg, 75, was most seriously hurt after suffering slight burns to his hands when he went back to the property to try to extinguish a small blaze.
A police spokesman said: "The cause of the explosion remains a mystery – the problem is the investigators cannot go to the property to start working out what happened because there is an imminent risk that it might collapse.
"Those living there and their neighbours have been forced to move out and been put up by kindly neighbours for the time being. It is amazing that nobody was killed or more seriously hurt. "
The blast was so strong that it sent debris over a wide area smashing windows across the street and also damaging several cars.
National History Museum shows ancient gold coins returned from UK
The Romanian National History Museum in Bucharest has exhibited a rare collection of ancient gold coins that had vanished and have now been returned from the UK where the customs had held them.
Romanian woman gives a birth for free in Serbian hospital and then leaves a baby
Hospital staff in the northern Serbian town of Pozarevac where shocked when a Romanian woman entered there, gave birth and then secretly left abandoning the baby.
Arctic opens a new fridge production line in Gaesti
Romanian company Arctic has opened a new fridge production line in the town of Gaesti in the south of the country.
Romanian businessmen discuss cooperation with Oman
Businessmen representing Romanian companies will stay in Oman for two days discussing possible ways of cooperation between the two countries.
Serbia is a homeland of vampires, not Romania, claims American journalist
An American journalist has revealed the homeland of vampires is Serbia, not Romania.
Simona Halep wins a tournament in Sofia
Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has won the WTA tournament in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Emil Constantinescu meets president of Azerbaijan
Former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu has met the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku
Architect of Romanian Parliament Palace dies
The Architect of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest has died.
Solar farm completed near Brasov
French company Voltec Solar have copleted a 2.5 MW solar farm in Romania near the city of Brasov.
Hungarian minority protests in Szekely
The Hungarian minority protested on Sunday demanding autonomy for the Szekely area.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days