Gas explosion in central China kills at least 12

(AP) At least 12 people have been killed and 39 seriously injured after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China.

Responders to the early Sunday blast in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province sent more than 150 people to the hospital. The cause of the blast remains under investigation.

The blast struck a two-story building built in the early 1990s, which includes pharmacies, restaurants and other businesses. Stall keepers and customers buying breakfast and fresh vegetables at a food market were the major victims. Images showed rescuers climbing over broken concrete slabs to reach those trapped inside.

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