Gas blasts kill dozens in Taiwanese port

Courtesy CNN

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 24 people have been killed and more than 270 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city of Kaohsiung.

Four of the firefighters called to a neighborhood to investigate a gas leak early Friday are among the victims of the blasts. And officials with the National Fire Agency say the death toll could rise because many of the seriously injured are still being treated.

The series of explosions struck a densely populated district where several petrochemical companies operate pipelines alongside the sewer system in the city.

One resident who lives 10 buildings away from the main explosion site says, "the house started shaking and I thought it was a huge earthquake, but when I opened the door, I saw white smoke all over and smelled gas."

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