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article image3 injured, 2 seriously as explosion rocks stadium in Mallorca

By Anne Sewell     Oct 11, 2013 in World
Palma - Two workers suffered serious injuries when a generator exploded in the parking lot of the Son Moix stadium in Palma on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca. A third person suffered lesser injuries.
The Spanish national soccer team is scheduled to play Belarus on Friday night in a World Cup qualifier at the home of the Real Mallorca club.
As reported in El País, an explosion in the parking lot on the grounds of the stadium caused serious injury to two workers, who were transferred to hospital, and slightly injured a third.
According to Diario de Mallorca (Spanish language), the two seriously injured workers were transferred to the Vall d' Hebron hospital in Barcelona and the worker with lesser injuries remains in hospital in the Son Espases Hospital in Palma.
The most seriously injured worker, a 31-year-old man, who suffered burns to 70 percent of his body, was transported by air ambulance from Mallorca to the burn unit of the hospital in Barcelona along with the second seriously injured man, a 27-year-old worker, who suffered 60 percent burns.
The explosion also reportedly cut electricity within the stadium and initially it was thought that the World Cup qualifier match on Friday would be cancelled or moved to a different location. However, a spokesman for the Spanish Football Federation, Jorge Carretero, told Spanish media sources that the game would go ahead as planned.
"The game is not in danger, we are not considering a change of date," said Carretero. "The only thing is to lament that people were hurt, to whom we wish a swift recovery."
Due to the incident, Belarus's training session on the field was canceled on Thursday, as the stadium was left without floodlights.
The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m. when the two workers were adjusting a generator in the stadium parking lot to increase electrical power ahead of the World Cup match to be held in Son Moix on Friday.
It is thought that one of the workers may have touched the electrical box with a tool, causing the explosion. The incident is being investigated, but so far investigators have ruled out a deliberate attack, calling it a "chance event."
The match against Spain is set to start at 7.30 p.m. local time on Friday.
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