Powerful Blast Injures Up to 40 in Prague

4:58 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
  • A paramedic bandages a woman injured by a powerful gas blast on April 29, 2013 in Prague's historic center. The blast injured up to 20 people, four seriously, rescuers said, adding that it was possible some people were buried in the rubble.(Photo credit MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rescue workers help people who were injured in a blast next to the building where the blast happened on April 29, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. Up to 20 people were injured in the blast in a multi-storey house in the historic centre of Prague, rescuers said. The police have sealed off the area popular with tourists and evacuated people from several houses. (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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PRAGUE (AP) - A powerful explosion has damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities say they believe some people are buried in the rubble.
 
Police spokesman Tomas Hulan says it is not certain what caused the blast in Divadelni Street, but it was likely a natural gas explosion
 
The street was covered with rubble and has been sealed off by police who have also evacuated people from nearby buildings and closed a wide area around the explosion site.
 
Zdenek Schwarz, head of the rescue service in Prague, says up to 40 people have been injured.
 
Windows in buildings located hundreds of meters from the blast were shattered, including some in the nearby National Theater.

Written By: Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

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