One person was injured in an explosion during maintenance work at the Helsinki City Theatre on Monday afternoon.

An armored police vehicle at the Helsinki City Theatre on June 29, 2020. Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
An armored police vehicle at the Helsinki City Theatre on June 29, 2020. Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

HELSINKI—A maintenance worker has been injured in an explosion at the engineering and utility services room of the Helsinki City Theatre in Kallio district on Monday afternoon and has been taken to the hospital.

Witnesses have described to the Finnish media that there was a loud shock wave, and according to Antti Rehtijärvi, technical director at the theater, the shock wave blew off a door.

The maintenance worker was a contract worker, part of the scheduled yearly maintenance crew at the services room of A-floor.

A staff of about 100 was present at the building during the blast, and they have been sent home.

When Finland Today visited the scene just past 13:00 in the afternoon, there were several police cars and at least one fire truck at the theater. The police observed calmly as bystanders were wondering what was going on.

The wind blew in gusts and there was no sign of smoke in the air.

The authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion.

Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The Helsinki City Theatre was opened in 1967. It’s located near the shore of Eläintarhanlahti bay in Helsinki’s Kallio district.