The explosion occurred in Deerlijk (West Flanders) around 9AM.
“A roofer noticed something was wrong with a gas canister loaded on the truck. He and his companion decided to park the vehicle and take a look. It was then that the canister exploded” the fire service says.
A nearby bank branch incurred some damage but nobody was hurt. All remaining gas canisters have meanwhile been removed. The area was closed to traffic for a while.
The local mayor says an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blast.