Woman dies after ‘frying pan explosion’ at German food festival

A woman has died and several people are seriously injured after an explosion at a festival in the German town of Freudenberg-Alchen, east of Cologne.

Woman dies after ‘frying pan explosion' at German food festival
Police at the scene of the festival in Freudenberg-Alchen. Photo: DPA

Around 100 people were attending the “Backesfest” when the incident happened at a fried potatoes stand around noon on Sunday.

According to a police spokesperson, a 67-year-old woman died as a result of severe burns on Monday. 

A total of 14 people were injured and given treatment at the scene. Five people between the ages of 31 to 75-years-old are in a critical condition

They suffered severe burns, while one of them suffered a heart attack.

According to initial findings, the incident could have been caused by fat exploding in a large grill frying pan.

Some of the damage at the festival. Photo: DPA

Authorities on the scene told public broadcaster WDR that more than 100 people were at the event when the explosion happened.

Those who suffered injuries were transported by emergency helicopter to hospitals in the larger nearby cities of Dortmund, Cologne and Bochum.

Investigators were on Monday probing exactly how the accident happened.

The festival was taking place on the 675th anniversary of the village of Alchen.

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Copenhagen police to limit cars on busy nightlife streets

Copenhagen will limit cars on narrow streets in areas thronging with bars and clubs from June 1st to crack down on nighttime public disturbances, police said on Tuesday.

Copenhagen police to limit cars on busy nightlife streets

The affected streets are all located in lively parts of the capital designated as “nightlife zones”, which police monitor closely, and violations from midnight to 5am will be subject to a 3,000 kroner fine.

“Drivers parade in their cars in the nightlife zones, they accelerate loudly, play loud music, scream at passers-by and generally create insecurity and traffic situations that are downright dangerous,” Copenhagen police chief Tommy Laursen said.

“By banning car traffic, our aim is to prevent all of that,” he added.

The zones are located near Copenhagen’s City Hall, a popular pedestrian area and Kødbyen, the old slaughterhouse neighbourhood in the popular Vesterbro district.

The crackdown does not affect residents, taxis or essential transport such as trash collection, ambulances and delivery vehicles.