Stockholm police investigating explosion outside shopping centre

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Police were investigating an explosion outside an up-market shopping centre in central Stockholm on Tuesday, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Police said they were called to the Mood shopping centre around 1730 GMT 2.30am on Wednesday Singapore time) after witnesses described hearing a loud blast and seeing a white flash.

"We have a damaged facade and a ruptured car window but we are not aware of any injuries to people. Obviously, something has exploded but it doesn't appear to be major damage," said police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind.

Sweden's security police raised the threat level to the second-highest level after the Paris attacks last year.

Before Christmas 2010 two bombs exploded in central Stockholm on busy shopping streets.