8 peo­ple killed, 35 in­jured when gas pipe rup­tures, burns

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - YANG JUN

A rup­tured gas pipe­line in south­west­ern Guizhou prov­ince burst into flames, killing eight peo­ple and in­jur­ing 35 on Sun­day morn­ing.

Four of the in­jured were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, and eight oth­ers sus­tained se­vere in­juries, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment said in a state­ment on Sun­day night. All the in­jured were taken to the hos­pi­tal, and peo­ple liv­ing near the site of the fire were evac­u­ated, the au­thor­i­ties said.

The fire was put out by 7 pm, and the gas leak had been con­trolled, they said.

Around 10 am, a sec­tion of gas pipe­line run­ning thor­ough Qin­g­long county, Guizhou, was bro­ken in a land­slide af­ter days of heavy down­pours, and leak­ing gas had been burn­ing for hours, the state­ment said.

Some on­line video clips showed flames shoot­ing sky­ward.

More de­tails about the cause of the rup­ture will come af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment said.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, pub­lic se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties, fire­fight­ers and med­i­cal teams from the county, city and prov­ince con­verged on the site to as­sist.

The pipe­line be­longs to China Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Corp.

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