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Bulgarian gas tanker explosion injures 11

16 August 2013

A Bulgarian Interior Ministry spokesman said on August 15 that the gas tanker wagon explosion near the Bulgarian city of Varna was most likely caused by a gas leak, the result of a ruptured hose during the process of transferring gas from the tanker wagon into a tanker lorry. 

Investigators were still trying to establish what actually happened, he told reporters, as quoted by Focus news agency.

Eleven people were injured in the blast, which happened at the Ezerovo railway station, about 10km west of Varna, and the fire that followed the explosion. The number included seven fire-fighters; the rest were bystanders who were working in a nearby warehouse. Two people were still in intensive care, including one man with extensive burns that covered 90 per cent of his body.

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