Skip to main content

Device explodes in Spanish cathedral, officials say

By Al Goodman, CNN
October 2, 2013 -- Updated 1608 GMT (0008 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • No injuries were reported in the blast, a national police spokeswoman says
  • Authorities suspect leftist groups may be involved
  • The cathedral was built in the 1600s

Madrid (CNN) -- A small device exploded in a Roman Catholic cathedral in the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza Wednesday, but no injuries were reported, a Spanish national police spokeswoman said.

The explosion, thought to be from a camping gas cylinder, occurred shortly before 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, according to the spokeswoman, who by custom is not identified.

The sanctuary was open at the time of the blast, but no one was injured. It was immediately evacuated and cordoned off while police investigate. It was unclear how much, if any, property damage was caused, the spokeswoman said.

The cathedral, whose towering spires dominate the riverfront city of Zaragoza, was built in the 1600s.

It's not clear who planted the device, but Spain's state-run news agency EFE, citing police sources, reported that suspicion falls on small leftist groups who are also thought to be responsible for a small explosive device that police deactivated last February in Madrid's Almudena cathedral. But the police spokeswoman in Madrid would not confirm those details to CNN.

Reports about the explosion first surfaced on Twitter.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
October 28, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
A captured fighter tells CNN's Ivan Watson: "They gave us drugs... that made you go to battle."
October 29, 2014 -- Updated 1331 GMT (2131 HKT)
A terminally ill woman who plans to take her own life checks off the last item.
October 30, 2014 -- Updated 2340 GMT (0740 HKT)
In a plot straight out of Hollywood, federal agents gain access to a suspected Triad boss' Vegas hotel room by pretending to fix the Internet connection.
October 31, 2014 -- Updated 0434 GMT (1234 HKT)
Was it only black and Latino men who harassed a woman in NYC? The filmmaker has found himself in a race controversy.
October 31, 2014 -- Updated 2152 GMT (0552 HKT)
The history of human rights often overlooks the struggles of gay people. This must change.
October 30, 2014 -- Updated 0115 GMT (0915 HKT)
Armed with Kalashnikovs and chanting for the dead comrades, women are among ISIS' most feared enemies. They are fighting for their families -- and now they are getting U.S. help.
October 28, 2014 -- Updated 1246 GMT (2046 HKT)
Lere Mgayiya put his best foot forward and set up a shoe-shine firm after his career plans fell flat.
October 30, 2014 -- Updated 0528 GMT (1328 HKT)
One Chinese drone manufacturer wants to take away the warmongering stigma of "drones."
October 30, 2014 -- Updated 0312 GMT (1112 HKT)
Sketcher Luis Simoes is traveling the world -- slowly. And he's packed his sketchbook.
October 28, 2014 -- Updated 2043 GMT (0443 HKT)
European states help North Korea's brutal treatment of its people by allowing luxury goods like cars and cognacs to evade sanctions, two experts say.
October 24, 2014 -- Updated 0345 GMT (1145 HKT)
Chinese leaders want less odd architecture built in the country.
October 31, 2014 -- Updated 1104 GMT (1904 HKT)
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT