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Germany: pipe explosion kills construction worker


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.”

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