Rotterdam – On the Crooswijkseweg, a fire or explosion may have been prevented on Saturday morning by an alert detector. After the report, a bottle with a liquid was found. An explosive went off on Strevelsweg an hour later. A brief fire followed. The police are investigating.
In the night of Friday 28 to Saturday 29 April, an alert witness reported a suspicious situation to the emergency number. Around 3 a.m., the reporter saw two men who were suspiciously loitering at a shop. The detector also smelled a strange smell. The detector may have managed to prevent a fire or explosion, because officers who rushed to the store found a bottle with a liquid at the shop. The bottle has been secured for examination by the Forensic Investigation. In addition to investigating traces, the police are conducting a neighborhood investigation and available camera images will be viewed.
Around 4:00 am this morning, local residents of Strevelsweg were shocked by loud bangs. It turned out that an explosive went off at a shop. A brief fire ensued. Fortunately no one was injured. After the explosion, two men on a scooter took off. The driver was wearing gray shoes and dark clothing. The man on the back of the scooter had a slight build, was dressed in black and wore a white undershirt. Both wore white helmets. The police investigated on the spot. Explosives scouts (TEV) and the Forensic Investigation were deployed for this.
Looking for camera footage
Witnesses and camera images are very welcome for the investigation of both incidents. If you have access to a doorbell camera, dash cam or security camera in these streets or surrounding streets and if you see something suspicious around the times mentioned, please contact the police on 0900-8844 or leave the images via the tip form below.
It is not the first time an explosion has been prevented by an alert witness. Last March it was a local resident in Vlaardingen who very alertly reported a suspicious situation that prevented an explosion. If you see a suspicious situation, call 112 immediately.
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Information source: Politie.nl