BEIJING- According to a posting on an official government Weibo account on Monday, on Sunday night, a gas pipeline, operated by China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) exploded on Guizhou province in southwest China, injuring about 24 people in which three of them are in critical condition.

The pipeline is an extension of a Myanmar-China gas line that delivers natural gas from Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s coast to southwest China. The blast happened in the Shazi district of Qianxinan city in Guizhou province. Footage from state TV showed glare from the fire lighting up nearby buildings after the explosion on Sunday night.

The municipal government of Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture replied, “the fire broke out at 2:30 a.m. on Monday (7.30 p.m. BST on Sunday)”.

Xinhua said to, “No deaths have been reported”, he also added, “After the explosion at 11:20 p.m. on Sunday, automatic safety control systems closed the pipeline”.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, said the report, and search and rescue is continuing. A spokesman in an talk with CNPC did not provide further details. A similar blast caused by heavy rains and a landslide near the same section of pipeline in Shazi killed eight and injured 35 in July 2017.

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