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US power plant blast kills several


A massive gas explosion has ripped through a power plant in the United States, killing at least five people, according to the local mayor.

Rescue workers are still searching among the debris for other possible victims. So far 12 people are known to have been injured.

The explosion happened at 11.30 on Sunday morning, as workers were purging natural gas lines at the 620 megawatt gas-fired power station in Middletown, Connecticut.

The plant is still under construction and was due to come on line in the summer.

It is thought some 100 people were working on site at the time, but the blast was felt up to 50 kilometres away.

Local media talk about as many as up to 250 people being injured and an eyewitness described seeing “bodies everywhere”.

It is thought a natural gas leak caused the explosion.

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