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17 killed in eastern China restaurant as gas container explodes

At least 17 people were killed after a blast ripped through a restaurant on Saturday, local authorities said. An initial investigation showed that the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder.

By: AP | Beijing |
October 10, 2015 3:13:36 pm
china restaurant blast, Wuhu restaurant blast, Anhui province restaurant blast, china gas cylinder explosion, china blast, china news, asia news, india news Firefighters put the body of a victim on a stretcher after an explosion at a restaurant in Wuhu, Anhui province, China, October 10, 2015. (Source: Reuters)

A liquefied gas container exploded in a restaurant in eastern China at lunchtime on Saturday, causing a fire and killing 17 people, according to a local authority.

The explosion happened just before noon at a small privately run restaurant in Wuhu city’s Jinghu district, the Wuhu city government said on its microblog. Wuhu is in Anhui province, which is just west of Shanghai.

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The restaurant was one of many in an alley about 50 meters (yards) long, said a worker at a rice noodles restaurant across from the one where the blast happened.

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“When the fire broke out, people from nearby restaurants rushed to the scene and used fire extinguishers to try and put it out, but there was a lot of smoke and it was quite fierce and already blocked the door,” the worker, who would only give his surname, Wang, said by telephone.

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