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EOD at an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam, where a mail bomb exploded on 12 February 2020
Feb 13 '20 13:18

A mail bomb exploded at an ING facility in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon. On person was checked over for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The incident happened on Bijlmerdreef. Firefighters, paramedics and police were first dispatched to the scene just after 12:15 p.m.

Police respond to a mail bomb in Amsterdam
Feb 12 '20 15:26

Two mail bombs which exploded in Amsterdam and Kerkrade earlier on Wednesday were part of an extortion plot where the sender demanded an undisclosed amount of bitcoin. The demand was made with the promise that, if paid, the sender would stop distributing the explosives, police said in a statement.

The amount involved was not revealed so the information could be used against any eventual suspect, police said.

Police at an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam where a mail bomb exploded on 12 February 2020
Feb 12 '20 12:30

A suspicious letter was found in Maastricht on Wednesday, after two mail bombs exploded in Amsterdam and Kerkrade earlier in the day. There was no explosion in Maastricht, the Limburg police said on Twitter. Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection called the blasts "worrying". "As far as we can see now, there are no victims, no injuries. So that's great," he said to De Limburger. "For the rest, the police must investigate."

Dutch police officer
Dec 26 '19 07:45

A car was destroyed in an explosion on an empty parking lot in The Hague on Wednesday. The police suspect that a firework bomb was thrown underneath the car, which has Polish license plates, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

Local residents reported the blast on Laan van Poot at around 00:30 a.m. Debris from the explosion was found as much as 20 meters away. Fragments of car were also found in nearby trees. 

The police's explosive experts were called to investigate. The vehicle was towed away by a recovery company.

As far as is known, no one was injured. 

Screenshot of surveillance footage released by the police showing an ATM bombing at the Ganzenhoef subway station in Amsterdam, 21 March 2019
Dec 16 '19 16:21

Cash machines in the Netherlands will largely be out of service every overnight from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) said on Monday. The ATMs will be switched off in an effort to prevent thefts where criminals use explosives as a way to break into the cash machines.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dec 12 '19 07:37

An explosive went off at a Coolblue store on Europaplein in Utrecht early on Thursday morning. Two perpetrators were seen fleeing the scene on a scooter, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The explosion happened at around 2:00 a.m. It seems the perpetrators were trying to blow their way into the store. Photos on social media show at least three windows shattered, though the safety glass kept them in the frame. Whether the perpetrators managed to get inside, is unclear.  

Rabobank
Dec 9 '19 15:20

Dutch banking institution Rabobank said it has no plans to dismantle its cash machines on a wide-scale basis after robbers made two separate attempts to use explosives to break into the bank's ATMs early Monday morning. Just last week, police said that other banks' cash machines would be targeted more frequently after ABN Amro decided to remove 470 of its own ATMs across the country.

Firefighters
Dec 9 '19 08:10

The medical condition of a five-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a building explosion is improving. Kenan was saved after a five-hour ordeal in Coevorden, Drenthe on Saturday by emergency responders and specialists.

"This afternoon I received a message from a happy family that Kenan is doing well," wrote Coevorden mayor Bert Bouwmesster on Twitter. "He is no longer in intensive care and is likely to leave the hospital in a few days."

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Dec 7 '19 20:38

A five-year-old boy who was trapped under the rubble of a snack bar which blew up on Saturday was rescued five hours after the explosion. The boy, known as Kenan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, according to authorities in Drenthe.

He is the son of the snack bar's owner, according to RTL Nieuws. He was in communication with emergency workers during his ordeal, but it is not clear if that was still true several hours into the ordeal.

The boy's father, who owns the Ali Baba grill cafe, was taken to the hospital soon after the explosion. 

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Dec 2 '19 09:37

One person was killed in an explosion on a factory site on Kwinkweerd in Lochem on Monday morning, the Gelderland police said on Twitter. The cause of the explosion and the identity of the victim are not yet known.

The explosion happened in a sea container at the Twentsche Kabelfabriek, according to emergency services reports. The company manufactures electricity and fiber optic cables. Part of the site was cordoned off by police tape and screens were placed around the sea container, wrote Omroep Gelderland.

Explosion on Verwerstraat in Eindhoven
Nov 9 '19 12:30

A possible explosion at a block of flats in Eindhoven has left residents shaken and concerned for their safety. Police told NL Times the apparent blast during the early morning hours on Saturday could have been caused by a heavy explosive, like a hand grenade or a Cobra-6 firework, but an initial investigation was inconclusive.

Mad Fox club logo
Oct 18 '19 16:30

 A 34-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison by the court in Amsterdam for a hand grenade explosion at club Mad Fox on Spuistraat in Amsterdam. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecution Service demanded, NU.nl reports.

The court considered it proven that the man had the hand grenade in his possession and deliberately caused an explosion at the club, located underneath the luxury W Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. The man not only wanted to cause damage to the club, but also intimidate people, the court ruled. 

Sep 20 '19 07:31

A fire broke out in a business premises on Zevenheuvelenweg in Tilburg during the early hours of Thursday morning. The fire spread to three adjacent buildings, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Midden- en West-Brabant said to NU.nl. Witnesses reported hearing multiple explosions.

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Sep 12 '19 07:30

Firefighters found the body of a person in a Haarlem apartment after a fire in the flat on Wednesday night, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland confirmed on Twitter. The cause of the fire and the victim's identity are not yet known.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the apartment building on Rudolf Steinerstraat just before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, according to AD. A spokesperson for the Haarlem fire department told the newspaper that there was an explosion before the fire. 

Netherlands police uniform
Aug 23 '19 07:34

A man tried to blow up his home in Hoensbroek on Thursday night while emergency services were trying to talk him down. It is believed that he opened the gas. The man himself and a police officer were injured.

The police responded to the home on Prins Willemstraat in the Limburg town at around 9:15 p.m., after receiving a report that the man was threatening to blow up his house, the police said in a statement. As a precaution, the police and fire brigade evacuated the surrounding homes and cordoned off the area. The residents of around 15 homes were sheltered elsewhere. 

Explosion blew off the facade of an apartment on Van der Waalsstraat in Vlaardingen, 5 July 2019
Jul 11 '19 11:50

An explosion in a Vlaardingen apartment building on Friday, in which two people were killed, was a murder-suicide, the police said in a statement. Investigation showed that the 43-year-old man killed his 38-year-old wife, and then caused the explosion in which he died, the police said.

The blast happened in an apartment on Van der Waalsstraat just before 9:00 a.m. on Friday. The explosion blew off the facade of the home, and cased a small fire that firefighters managed to quickly get under control. The bodies of the two residents were found in the wreckage. 

Dutch police officer
Jul 8 '19 09:32

The residents of an apartment building on Jakob Goldsmidstraat in Oss were woken by an explosion on Monday morning. The blast caused "considerable damage to the facade of one of the apartments", a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant. As far as is known, no one was hurt.

The explosion happened at around 4:30 a.m. on Monday. What exactly exploded, is being investigated. The police spokesperson could not tell the broadcaster if this was an accident or a crime. "But a few things have happened."

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Jul 6 '19 10:29

People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.

There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel. 

Dutch emergency services in action
Jul 5 '19 11:44

Two people were killed on Friday after an explosion blew out the facade of an apartment in Vlaardingen, police confirmed. The incident took place shortly after 9:10 a.m. on the Van der Waalstraat in the Zuid-Holland city about five kilometers west of Rotterdam.

The two victims were initially reported as injured in the blast, which then led to a fire. Neighbors said a family with children was living in the apartment where the explosion took place, according to local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.

Shell fire
Jun 18 '19 12:40

Shell must pay a fine of 2.5 million euros for an explosion on the company's Moerdijk site in 2014, the court in Den Bosch ruled on Monday. According to the court, the oil- and gas giant did not take sufficient measures to prevent such a major incident, NU.nl reports.

Sunset over the Gulf of Oman
Jun 14 '19 11:50

A Dutch ship rescued the crew of one of two burning oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Dutch shipping company Acta Marine from Den Helder confirmed to NOS after reports in the Telegraaf. There were explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf region on Thursday. The cause of the explosions has not yet been officially confirmed, but the general belief is that they were attacks. 

Damage caused by an explosion on Jan Blankenstraat in The Hague, 16 May 2019
May 16 '19 14:20

The building on Hoefkade in The Hague hit by an explosion on Thursday morning, belongs to the father of Hague criminal Reda N. He owns the travel agency in the building and rents space to a hair salon, the man himself confirmed to Omroep West.

The explosion happened at around 1:30 a.m. It caused significant damage to the building - shattering windows and knocking the front door out - as well as to surrounding homes and cars parked in the area. No one was hurt.

Damage caused by an explosion on Jan Blankenstraat in The Hague, 16 May 2019
May 16 '19 07:30

An explosion caused significant damage to a building in The Hague during the early hours of Thursday morning, the police said on Twitter. As far as is known, no one was hurt. According to the police, someone was seen running away from the scene shortly before the explosion. 

May 6 '19 10:59

A fire broke out in a New York Pizza building on Nobelstraat in the center of Utrecht after an explosion on Monday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said on Twitter. The fire department is at the scene in large numbers to extinguish the fire, NU.nl reports.

Exactly what caused the explosion is not yet clear, a spokesperson for the safety office said to the newspaper. It is also unknown whether anyone was in the building when the explosion happened. Paramedics are treating a number of people for smoke inhalation, the spokesperson said.

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