MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A chain of explosions Wednesday night at the country's main military hospital here apparently occurred when a butane gas tank blew up in the hospital kitchen, Sandinista authorities reported Thursday.
"The big explosion was the butane tank, definitely," said Maria Cristina Arguello, director of the government's international press office. "Up to now, the investigation we have made (and) all the information we have leads us to believe it was an accident," Arguello said, adding that the investigation is still under way.
No one was reported injured at the Alejandro Davila Bolanos Hospital, but the Red Cross said that about 150 patients were forced to leave the building.
Soldiers, policemen and witnesses at the scene had speculated that the blasts might have resulted from a bomb or other sabotage.