One person was killed and more than 20 more were injured by a gas pipe explosion in Ludwigshafen, western Germany, on Thursday morning.
Witnesses to the blast said the flames shot as high as 200 metres into the air.
A local resident described a “frightening bang” and “the next instant there was a hissing noise, a loud hissing sound, and as I was standing near the window I saw many panic-stricken people running down the street.”
The pipe forms part of a pipeline – operated by gas transporter Gascade – that runs from Ludwigshafen to Karlsruhe.
Police had extinguished the blaze by mid-afternoon.
Gascade said on its website that “the pipeline was damaged during earthworks by an as-yet unknown cause and leaking natural gas caught fire.”