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Massive gas explosions rock Taiwan

Massive explosions, caused by gas leaks in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, killed at least 15 people and injured more than 240, on Thursday night. Four firefighters were among those injured.

Officials said that the death toll was expected to rise.

A person is seen lying on the ground after an explosion in Kaohsiung

The huge blasts overturned the city. The aftermath was so horrific that dead bodies littered the streets and paved roads were ripped open.

One witness said: "I saw fire spurting, ripping off some covers of ditches. It was terrifying."

Eyewitnesses told China's Central News Agency that the gas leaks began at about 9pm local time in Kaohsiung. 

The leaking gas, which formed a white fog, ignited and caused the blasts.

 

 

Photos showed residents carrying the injured on stretches as ambulances rushed to the scene and firefighters began removing bodies from the area.

Residents were seen carrying the injured on makeshift stretchers as ambulances rushed to the scene and firefighters in yellow overalls began removing bodies from the area.

Sources: Mail Online, Central News Agency, AFP, The Guardian

 

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