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Reports: Gas station blast north of Rome kills 2

By The Associated Press
Posted 4:29PM on Wednesday 5th December 2018 ( 1 year ago )

ROME (AP) — Italian news reports say an explosion at a gas station has killed two people and injured several others.

Rieti police chief Antonio Mannoni tells the ANSA news agency the incident occurred Wednesday as a fuel tanker was offloading fuel at the service station. Fire crews were responding to an initial blaze when a huge explosion rattled the area.

The blast occurred along the Salaria state road, one of the main highways north of Rome.

Smoke billows in the area where an explosion occurred in a petrol station in Borgo Quinzio, near Rieti, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Italian news reports say an explosion at a gas station has killed two people and injured several others. Rieti police chief Antonio Mannoni tells ANSA news agency that the incident occurred Wednesday as a fuel tanker was offloading fuel at the service station. Fire crews were responding to an initial blaze when a huge explosion rattled the area. The blast occurred along the Salaria state road, one of the main highways north of Rome. (Emiliano Grillotti/ANSA via AP)
Firefighters work in the area where an explosion occurred in a petrol station in Borgo Quinzio, near Rieti, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Italian news reports say an explosion at a gas station has killed two people and injured several others. Rieti police chief Antonio Mannoni tells ANSA news agency that the incident occurred Wednesday as a fuel tanker was offloading fuel at the service station. Fire crews were responding to an initial blaze when a huge explosion rattled the area. The blast occurred along the Salaria state road, one of the main highways north of Rome. (Emiliano Grillotti/ANSA via AP)
Firefighters work in the area where an explosion occurred in a petrol station in Borgo Quinzio, near Rieti, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Italian news reports say an explosion at a gas station has killed two people and injured several others. Rieti police chief Antonio Mannoni tells ANSA news agency that the incident occurred Wednesday as a fuel tanker was offloading fuel at the service station. Fire crews were responding to an initial blaze when a huge explosion rattled the area. The blast occurred along the Salaria state road, one of the main highways north of Rome. (Emiliano Grillotti/ANSA via AP)

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