‚Gas explosion‘ rocks building in Netanya; 4 dead, 90 hurt

17.06.2011                      15.Siwan, 5771 

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'Gas explosion' rocks building in Netanya; 4 dead, 90 hurt

Police: Blast at 4-story building caused by gas tank; terror attack ruled out, but foul play allegations being investigated; suspect reportedly detained.

A suspected gas explosion rocked a four-story building in Netanya overnight Thursday, leaving four people dead and at least 90 others injured, most of them slightly hurt. The cause of the explosion was initially unknown, but Police officially announced that the explosion was caused by a gas tank or a number of tanks. Israel Radio reported that a local resident was suspected of cutting a gas line, causing a leak that led to the explosion.
"This is not a terror attack," a Netanya police spokesman said. A resident close to the scene told Israel Radio he smelled a strong smell of gas….