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Taiwan Gas Blast Kills 22, Injures 270

The explosion ripped through Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung in the early hours of Friday morning. Plumes of smoke billowed across the horizon. Residents told local television that some smoke with a "gas-like smell" came out of the drains shortly before the blast. The explosion was so powerful it ripped open roads, overturned cars and sent flames flying dozens of metres into the air. Several people were killed. The Kaohsiung fire department said it was caused by a gas leak.

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