Explosion at vital Austrian gas hub

A massive explosion has occurred this morning at one of Europe’s largest gas compressor stations.Baumgarten explosion

The explosion occurred at the Baumgarten gas compressor station in eastern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say.

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

BBC reports Austrian police as saying the situation was under control and a technical fault had caused the blast. One unconfirmed report spoke of 60 hurt. Emergency teams are at the scene.

Baumgarten is a hub for imported Russian gas,à‚ receiving some 40 billion cubic metres of gas annually and redistributing it elsewhere in Europe including to Germany and northern Italy.

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