Small blast at busy Brussels Midi station; no injuries

A small blast caused a brief panic at the busy Brussels Midi train station and forced two platforms to close.

Reports said that people started fleeing part of the station after hearing a loud noise Wednesday afternoon. The railway company said police immediately arrived at the scene and closed off part of the building for further checks.

No injuries were reported. It was not immediately known what caused the blast.

Part of the rail service was allowed to continue during the evening rush hour.

Police and security services are still a very visible presence in Belgium's main rail stations following the 2016 bomb attacks at the airport and subway system which killed 32 people.