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Gas-main pipeline blew up under St Petersburg
26.07.2007 15:45
Gas-main pipeline blew up under St Petersburg

Today early in the morning a high-pressure gas pipeline blew up and caught fire under St Petersburg. Luckily nobody was hurt in the accident, since the pipeline goes far from populated localities. The pipeline exploded at about midnight (Moscow time) with 50 meters (164.04 feet) of the line destroyed. The pipe was found 30 meters (98.43 feet) away from the blast site in a newly formed crater of 4 meters (13.12 feet) deep.
      The fire spread to the woods, but at 2 oclock it was extinguished. At 4 am specialists could start repair works. The remedial maintenance of the pipeline will take approximately two days. The representatives of the Emergency Situations Ministry suppose the explosion could be caused by metal fatigue, although the terrorist act version is not considered impossible.


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