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Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
In pictures: Belgium gas blast
Explosion
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Flames were sent shooting into the air in the blast at the Ghislenghien industrial park in Belgium. At least 14 people were killed in the blast.
Fireball
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The fireball and dense clouds could be seen kilometres away.
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Some of the victims were killed as they went to inspect a leak in a gas pipeline.
Firefighters at scene
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Firefighters and police officers are reported to be among the casualties.
Injured man lies on a stretcher at site of explosion
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About 120 people were injured in the blast, many suffering severe burns.
Injured treated at site
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Authorities launched an emergency response plan, with help from military medical staff.
Helicopter evacuation
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Victims with serious injuries were airlifted to specialist burns units.
Devastation caused by the blast
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Some reports say the blast happened after construction workers pierced an underground gas pipeline.
Devastation
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Local residents have been warned to stay indoors with their windows closed.
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The explosion left a huge crater as well as a radius of charred devastation.



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