Witnesses said they heard several loud bangs and
smoke could be seen above the city’s skyline.
Xenia Antipova said she saw a “truck explosion”
followed by two “big bangs” and “several smaller
ones” in the district of Friedrichshain.
Firefighters could be seen trying to battle the
It comes as Europe was put on high alert after a
spate of terrorist attacks in France and Brussels.
But local news reported that the blast was
due to a horror smash involving a scooter
and a lorry.
Emergency crew rushed to the scene at around
2.15pm local time (1.15pm GMT).
Initial reports claimed that the truck had collided
with a scooter before
Pictures of the lorry show the cab completely