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Powerful Blast Injures up to 40 in Prague

Powerful Blast Injures up to 40 in Prague

(AP) Powerful blast injures up to 40 in Prague
PRAGUE
A powerful explosion damaged an office building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, Monday, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believe some people are buried in the rubble.

It is not certain what caused the blast in Divadelni Street, but it was likely a natural gas explosion, police spokesman Tomas Hulan said.

The street was covered with rubble and was sealed off by police who also evacuated people from nearby buildings and closed a wide area around the explosion site.

Zdenek Schwarz, head of the rescue service in Prague, said up to 40 people have been injured with at least four of them sustaining serious injuries.

Windows in buildings located hundreds of meters from the blast were shattered, including some in the nearby National Theater.

The Faculty of Social Sciences of Prague’s Charles University and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Sciences of Performing Arts are located next to the damaged building.

Prime Minister Petr Necas said in a statement he was “deeply hit by the tragedy of the gas explosion.”

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