Report: Explosion rocks Belgian sports center

At least 1 person killed, AP says

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A Belgian newspaper reported than an explosion has rocked a sports center in Chimay, Belgium, killing at least one person and injuring two others, The Associated Press said.

A rescue services spokesman told Het Laatse Niews early Friday that the blast happened just after midnight and that several people were in the building at the time, AP said.

The spokesman said a large section of the building had collapsed and people were feared trapped in the rubble.

The Guardian reported that the blast occurred at a complex called Le Chalon near the border with France.

The cause of the explosion was unknown, but an official at the country’s Crisis Centre told Reuters, “It is probably a gas explosion."

The AP said police in Chimay, which is about 75 miles south of Brussels, could not be immediately reached for confirmation.