Belgian gas explosion kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed and about 100 others injured in a gas explosion in southern Belgium, the Health Ministry has said.

    Fire-service personnel and policemen are among the injured

    An Interior Ministry spokeswoman, Berangere Dubois, said "a high-pressure gas distribution pipeline blew up" early on Friday morning at the Ghislenghien business park, near the town of Ath, which lies close to a major highway.

    Firemen and policemen were among the injured, she said.

    Earlier reports by Belga news agency, quoting emergency services, said the explosion occurred at around 9:00 am (0700 GMT) at a gasworks which was under construction.

    Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported that flames several metres high were shooting from the site and that thick smoke billowed over the scene.

    The state-run RTBF radio station said around 60 of the injured, many with massive burns, were taken to an improvised holding centre before being ferried to specialist hospitals by helicopter.

    SOURCE: AFP


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