Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

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A big explosion has rocked a natural gas hub in eastern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say, the BBC reports.

A fire followed the blast which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) at the Baumgarten site, just east of the capital Vienna, near the Slovak border.

On Twitter, Austrian police said the situation was under control and a technical fault had caused the blast.

The flow of Russian gas has dropped, triggering price hikes in Europe.

Baumgarten is a major hub for imported gas Russian gas, which is sent on to a number of European countries. The facility receives about 40bn cubic metres of gas per year.

Italy’s Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, said he would declare a state of emergency for energy supplies.

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