Large Fire Near the Vatican
A large fire at a nearby junkyard brought about fears of a bombing or an attack at the Vatican on Thursday.
There was initial confusion as to where the blaze originated, with some saying that it started within the walls of the Vatican and others saying they heard multiple loud explosions that accompanied the fire.
Massive clouds of thick, black smoke were seen billowing around the Vatican, and fears that there was something wrong at the religious landmark spread around social media.
Breaking: reports of large fire raging at the Vatican. Pope Francis confirmed to be inside. Cause still unknown. Reports of a "loud boom." pic.twitter.com/fP7luPSpZr— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) June 1, 2017
But local media outlets clarified those social media accounts to say that the fire started at a car depot in Via Mattia Battistini in Rome.
Rai News reported that over 50 vehicles were involved in the fire after a series of explosions rocked the nearby area. Flames were seen erupting from a car that was inside of the demolition center, and the heat from the blaze caused an explosion of gas and other cars. It’s unclear if there were any injuries as a result of the fire.
The junkyard was noted as being “completely destroyed” by the fire, and traffic throughout the area was very slow moving.