Friday, January 12, 2007
Belgium gas blast
Fifteen die in Belgium gas blast
A huge gas explosion in Belgium has killed 18 people and injured 120, many of them with serious burns.
The blast, at an industrial park about 30km (20 miles) south-west of Brussels, sent flames shooting into the air, and was felt over a wide area.
fire service spokesman at the scene near the town of Ath said the site of the explosion looked like a war zone.
Emergency services treated the blast as a major incident and troops helped with the disaster response.
A nearby motorway was closed and local residents were advised to stay indoors with their windows closed.