Blast occurs at natural gas pipeline in E Turkey

15:48, July 21, 2010      

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An explosion took place at a natural gas pipeline in eastern Turkey early on Wednesday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The explosion occurred at a pipeline close to Topcatan village in Dogubayazit town of Agri province, which carries natural gas from Iran to Turkey, damaging several work places and houses in the surrounding area, Turkish officials were quoted as saying.

A fire erupted after the explosion, the unnamed officials said, adding numerous police officers, gendarmerie teams and fire fighters were sent to the site.

The officials said the fire calmed down after officials from Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) closed the valves at the Gurbulak border gate and in the town center.

The cause of the blast is still unknown, the officials said, noting a wide-scale investigation into the explosion would be launched once the fire was taken under control.

Source: Xinhua


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