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article imageExplosion in Prague

By Amanda Payne     Apr 29, 2013 in World
Prague - Around 40 people have been injured, four seriously, following a huge explosion in the city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.
The explosion happened just before 10 am local time on Divadelni street. Buildings have been badly damaged and a number of people are believed trapped. Initial investigations suggest a mains gas leak, according to Russia Today.
A police spokesman is quoted by ITV News as saying that "it is not immediately clear what caused the blast." The explosion happened near Prague's National theatre and its believed people are trapped in a building next to the explosion site, an office block which includes the offices of the International Air Transport Association and an art gallery.
The Daily Mail reports that the area has been sealed off as rubble covers the street. People have been evacuated from buildings in the vicinity of the explosion site.
Firefighters, police and other rescue workers are at the scene, continuing to search for anyone who may be trapped and helping those who have been injured. More on this story from Digital Journal as it develops.
Update:
The Guardian newspaper quotes Prime Minister Petr Necas who has visited the scene as saying:
"It's really immense and huge, almost like after an air assault or a bomb explosion,so, if we really prove what we think right now, which is that nobody died, it was very lucky." The paper also says that the city's mayor Bohuslav Svoboda told the media the blast was a gas explosion and that terrorism had been ruled out. It is now believed the number of injured is 35, many with minor injuries caused by flying glass.
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