Posted March 17, 2020 07:03:38 The blast that devastated the Black Beach beach resort on the northern edge of Lisbon in Portugal on Sunday is the worst in the country since a 2004 incident that killed 15 people.
A total of 11 people have died in the blast.
The beach is one of the largest in Portugal, home to some of the country’s most popular attractions and a popular hangout for many expats and locals.
There are many different theories as to why the blast occurred.
People who have visited Black Beach in the past say the resort is not always crowded with locals and that it has become a target of criminals.
A witness who has lived on the beach for a long time said that the beach has become “a place where people go to hide”.
“I used to go there often and it was a place to hide,” the man, who did not want to be named, told Portuguese news agency ANA.
“But when the blast happened, I knew that something was wrong.”
People gather at the scene of the blast in Portugal’s Black Beach resort.
Police and firefighters are still searching for more victims who may have been on the resort’s property.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the island at the time of the blasts.
An eyewitness told Portuguese media that a group of men wearing ski masks, including the suspect, arrived at the resort and started to burn the property.
Witnesses said that at least three people were killed and more than 100 injured when the blaze engulfed the beach.
Investigators have not said how long the fire could continue to burn.
Several days of lockdown were in place on the Black beach resort.
People were not allowed to leave their homes and were told not to go swimming or to go out in public.
Residents were evacuated from the area to the nearby coastal town of Porto da Roque, and people were warned to avoid the area.