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Monday, August 06, 2018

Petrol Tanker Explodes in a Fireball

At least two people have been killed and scores are injured after a huge blast near Bologna Airport in Italy. Police said 70 people were injured, some with serious burns, when a petrol tanker exploded after a traffic accident and tore down a motorway bridge onto cars below.

Dramatic footage shared on social media shows a huge fireball in the sky and smoke rising over the airport in the country's north. Police have said the blast could be felt in the busy terminal and was caused by an accident on the nearby motorway.

Video shows a massive explosion just yards from cars on the carriageway and people sprinting to safety down the road. According to witnesses, a crash involving a petrol tanker took place, with the vehicle then exploding. Police said they had closed off the motorway where the crash took place as well as the surrounding area in Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna.

Italian firefighters tweeted that they've sent multiple rescue and emergency squads, including one from their urban search and rescue team. Italian private Sky TG24 reported that some of the injured people had been hit by flying glass when windows in nearby buildings exploded. The road has been closed and emergency services are at the scene.

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