Dozens dead as Taiwan gas explosions tear up streets

August 1, 2014 12:14 PM

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Dozens dead as Taiwan gas explosions tear up streets

(CNN) -- A downtown district of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung was ripped apart just before midnight Thursday by a series of explosions that killed at least 26 people and injured hundreds more, state news agency CNA reported.

The blasts, which were triggered by underground gas leaks, tore trenches through main roads, overturned cars and trucks, and sent flames leaping into the air in the city's Cianjhen district.

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