Explosion at Austria Gas facility Leaves One Dead and 18 People Injured


Andreas Lierzer / Gas Connect Austria GmbH, via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, authorities said that an explosion at a natural gas facility near the border of Austria with Slovakia left one person dead.

Sonja Kellner, the regional Red Cross official, said that a further eighteen (18) people were hurt in the morning blast at the plant that is located in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna. The Austria Press Agency reported that two (2) medical helicopters were immediately sent to the scene.

The explosion started off a fire, which Gas Connect, the operator, stated was able to be contained by midmorning. Armin Teichert, the Gas Connect spokesperson, said that the facility was closed down.

On Twitter, the Police wrote that the situation “is under control.”

There was no immediate disclosure on what caused the blast at the said plant, where pipelines connect, and gas from Norway, Russia, and other countries are compressed.

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