Gas Blast Blows Out Restaurant Windows And Walls

Story By: John FengSub-Editor:  Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report  

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Dramatic dashcam video has captured the moment a suspected gas explosion blows out the windows and walls of a row of restaurants.

The violent blast happened in on Congyun Road in Guangzhou’s Baiyun District, which is in China’s southern Guangdong Province, at 11:45am local time on 12th December.

A municipal statement said the local fire service responded to reports of a fire shortly after, with the blaze brought under control about 40 minutes later.

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No casualties have been reported, the local government’s statement read.

Dashcam video of the incident showed the explosion having been preceded by huge flames coming from the row of shops and restaurants.

The blast then sent debris including glass shards and concrete flying into the street, landing on and damaged several parked or passing cars.

Before the fire was put out, witnesses also captured video showing several smaller explosions happening in one of the burning restaurants.

It is unclear whether the building, which is a restaurant and shop complex, was occupied at the time.

According to reports, the explosion is believed to have been the result of a gas main leak, which was then ignited by an as yet unknown source.

Guangzhou officials said they were still investigating the incident.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.