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25 Partygoers Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide poisoning in a Norwegian Bunker

25 Partygoers Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide poisoning in a Norwegian Bunker

25 people have been taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning after attending an illegal rave in a bunker in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

An underground rave in the Norwegian capital of Oslo took a dangerous turn early Sunday morning after numerous partygoers showed symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Five are in a critical condition and two police officers are among those poisoned.

Authorities believe the poisoning was caused by portable generators.

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. The gas is harmful because it displaces oxygen from red blood cells, resulting in damage to major organs.

It is harmful when breathed a lot, it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can overcome you in minutes without warning — causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate.

Police say the "Rave Cave" event, attended by some 200 people, was discovered by chance when a patrol met a group of confused young people.

Several more then emerged from the bunker and asked for an ambulance.

Emergency services found seven people unconscious in the bunker in the city's St Hanshaugen area.

The lives of all of the victims, believed to be mainly aged between 20 and 30, are said to be out of danger but police have called for other attendees to seek medical attention if they start suffering from nausea, headaches or dizziness.

Vidar Haukeland, head of the company which owns the bunker, Stiftelsen Diakonissehuset Lovisenberg, described the rave as a "serious break-in" and said the company did not feel any responsibility, VG newspaper reports.

It was not immediately known who had organised the underground event which was reportedly planned three weeks in advance and kept secret from the authorities.

Oslo police say they are investigating why a tip-off about the rave was not acted upon.

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