Flames and fumes near the Bologna airport frightened Italians on Monday. According to the police, the panic was caused by a traffic accident on a nearby highway.
A large truck, hauling fuel materials, caught fire, igniting other vehicles and triggering the explosion, significantly damaging the highway. According to the Rainews24 broadcaster, at least one person died due to the accident, while 55 people were injured.
The highway was blocked by the damaged cars, preventing emergency services from putting out the fire.