MANILA — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Sunday said it found no traces of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the blast at a food establishment that injured at least 7 people on Sunday.
Investigators said an LPG tank leaked and caused the explosion at a tea house adjacent to a water refilling station along Gastambide Street, Barangay 400 in Sampaloc, Manila.
According to NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, police did not see any parts of IED when they inspected the blast site.
"Gusto lang natin ipaalam sa ating mga kababayan na walang nakita so far na IED parts. Ibig sabihin hindi po ito konektado sa ano mang terror attack," Eleazar said.
(We want to inform the public that no IED traces were found so far. It means this is not in any way related to a terror attack.)
Eleazar blamed the explosion on the negligence of those who left the gas tank to leak.
Aside from the 7 who sustained minor injuries, the explosion also damaged 10 vehicles as well as the glass panels of the hospital in front of the blast site.