Series of Gas Explosions Kill 15, Injure 228 in Taiwan

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At least 15 people are dead and 228 injured following a series of gas explosions on the streets of a southern Taiwanese city late Thursday night.

Locals had reported gas leaks in the city of Kaohsiung beginning around 9 p.m. local time, Focus Taiwan reported on its Facebook page, and explosions followed three hours later. Some witnesses had reported seeing a “white fog” in the area, while another thought the mysterious substance was “poisonous gas.”

A driver’s dashcam video apparently captured the sudden blasts, which caught nighttime commuters off guard as they were traveling the city’s streets. As the driver behind the camera navigates the city, spouts of flame pop up through the sewage vents as explosions are heard in the distance. Read more…

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