Deaths in Iran pipeline explosion

Accidental rupture leaves 10 workers dead and 20 injured, as firefighters bring blaze under control after three hours.

    The fire caused by the accident raged for three hours before firefighters brought the blaze under control

    A gas pipeline explosion has killed 10 people and injured more than 20 in the city of Mashhad, northeastern Iran.

    The accident on Friday, set off when an earth-moving machine struck a local pipeline, ignited a large blaze in the area, the official ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

    Ali Reza Gharibi, the director of the National Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company, said the machine lost balance in the mountainous terrain before falling onto the pipeline.

    He said workers who suffered burns were rushed to medical facilities by helicopter, and several of the deaths occured in hospital. It took firefighters three hours to bring the blaze under control.

    The pipeline brought gas to Mashhad from the nearby Sarakhs refinery.

    Gharibi said repairs will be completed within 48 hours and a crisis committee is investigating the incident.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.