Taiwan's Crippling Gas Explosion Caught On Camera

Aug 02, 2014

Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, is currently in a state of disarray due to blasts caused by a gas explosion. The number of casualties has now surpassed 250, with bodies continuing to be discovered as the day progresses.

Eruptions began around midnight Thursday and continued into the morning Friday. Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) announced that residents had been reporting smells of leaking gas to authorities prior to the explosions.

Investigations are currently underway to uncover how the blasts could have occurred and who was responsible. It is currently assumed that the cause was underground gas leaks from petrochemical pipelines built alongside the city's sewer system.

Taiwan Gas Explosions
A destroyed fire truck is seen overturned in the rubble after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A series of underground explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said.Wally Santana—AP
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Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Aug. 1, 2014.
A car lands on top of a structure following an explosions that hit Kaohsiung city of Taiwan on July 31, 2013.
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Relatives of the victims cry after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Aug. 1, 2014.
Destroyed roads and buildings after a gas leak explosions in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan on Aug. 1, 2014
People walk across a gap caused by an explosion in Kaohsiung
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A destroyed fire truck is seen overturned in the rubble after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug.
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