Fatal train explosion caused by victim setting off firework bombs: report

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)

An explosion on a train in Nijmegen on Sunday, in which one man was killed, was caused by firework bombs that the victim took with him to take his own life, multiple independent sources told De Gelderlander.

The explosion happened in a rail yard near Nijmegen's main station. The victim's body was found in a bathroom on the train, where he set off the firework bombs, according to the newspaper. The police officially closed the investigation into the explosion on Monday. On Sunday the police said that "there is no reason to assume that anyone else is involved in the explosion than the victim". 

The police would not confirm nor deny De Gelderlander's report. No further details about the incident or the victim will be released. A police spokesperson told the newspaper that she understands that the incident is drawing a lot of attention, due to the impact on the environment. Parts of the train ended up on the roofs and in the gardens of nearby homes. "There is a danger that people will fill things in themselves", she said. But due to the sensitive circumstances, she also asked for understanding for the police's reluctance to provide more information.

Rail manager ProRail posted photos of the damaged train interior on Twitter on Sunday. "In the event of incidents, we very often show with photos what is going on at a location, so that travelers and local residents can form a factual image", a spokesperson said to De Gelderlander. According to him, the photos are in line with ProRail's media guidelines. "The photos are discreet and say nothing about the circumstances. We want to show the impact of the explosion with them."