INDIA GAS PIPELINE BLAST KILLS 16

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HYDERABAD, India: A massive explosion on Friday on a state-owned gas pipeline running through the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh killed at least 16 people and gutted scores of homes, a state minister said. “At least 16 people are dead. We have recovered 13 bodies so far,” state home minister N. Chinna Rajappa told Agence France-Presse after the blast near a refinery in the East Godavari district. Television pictures showed flames at least 10 meters (30 feet) high leaping into the dawn sky, scorching trees in a surrounding coconut grove and burning flimsy huts in the coastal area. The fire on the 45-centimeter pipeline owned by the Gas Authority of India Limited was extinguished by mid-morning and the gas had been cut off.

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