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Explosion at major Austrian gas hub، '60 hurt'

Tuesday 12/December/2017 - 11:27 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
An explosion rocked Austria's main gas pipeline hub at Baumgarten east of Vienna on Tuesday، December 12، police said، with one unconfirmed media report saying 60 people were hurt، AFP reported.

"An explosion occurred at 8:45 am (0745 GMT)، followed by a fire. Things are under control but according to preliminary reports there are several people injured،" police spokesman Edmund Tragschitz told Agence France-Presse.

The Kronen-Zeitung daily reported on its website that 60 people were hurt and that several fire brigades from the surrounding area were called in.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

The Baumgarten gas hub is Austria's largest reception point and the main distribution hub for natural gas imports from Russia، Norway and other countries.

Located near Austria's eastern border with Slovakia، it is also one of Europe's most important gas hubs، handling some 40 billion cubic metres per year.

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