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2 killed, dozens hurt in gas blast

By SHI XIAOFENG | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-22 07:30

Firefighters work to control a blaze caused by a gas blast in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Friday. At least two were confirmed dead after the blast involving three restaurants happened at around 8:30 am. EN ZHONGQIU/CHINA DAILY

Two people have been confirmed dead and 45 were injured in a gas blast in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Friday.

The blast, caused by canisters of liquefied gas, happened at around 8:30 am involving three restaurants near West Lake, a well-known scenic area, according to a news conference held by the West Lake district government.

Billowing flames and strong heat shattered the glass of passing vehicles, including a bus, cars and taxis, and some passing cyclists were also knocked over.

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