Huge Blast Shakes Prague

Dozens injured; gas leak suspected

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 4:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – A powerful blast shook central Prague this morning, shattering windows in buildings hundreds of feet away and causing the evacuation of a large area. Up to 40 people were injured in the explosion, which police say was probably the result of a gas leak, the AP reports. The explosion badly damaged one building, located next to a film school, and authorities believe people are still trapped in the rubble. "Honestly, if I had been in my bed I would have been covered in glass," said one US student who was in a nearby building.

Policemen and firefighters inspect the scene of an explosion in downtown Prague today.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Injured people leave a scene of an explosion in downtown Prague today.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
An injured woman gets treatment after an explosion in downtown Prague today.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Injured people sit on a sidewalk after a explosion in downtown Prague today.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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