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Poland gas pipeline explosion kills 3, injures 10

15 November 2050

A gas pipeline exploded in the western Polish village of Jankow Przygodzki on November 13, destroying a dozen homes, killing three people and injuring 10, officials said. The accident was caused by a gas leak after a pipe cracked, probably during construction work, according to a local fire department spokesman.

Eight people remain hospitalised including two children, one in serious condition, according to Joanna Pawlaczyk, spokeswoman for a hospital in nearby Ostrow Wielkopolski.

Witnesses told the TVN24 news channel the blast was so strong it caused a parked car to move and that residents ran out of their houses terrified. Firemen brought the situation under control two hours after the blast.

Malgorzata Polkowska, a spokeswoman for the Gaz-System S.A. pipeline operator, called it "a very large-scale tragedy" and said it was the first such accident since the company was founded in 2004.

A special commission will determine the cause of the explosion.

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