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A natural gas pipeline exploded in
southwest Moscow early on Sunday,

A natural gas pipeline exploded in
southwest Moscow early on Sunday, sending flames 100-300 meters into
the air, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

A spokesman for the emergencies ministry said some 4-5 people were treated for burns, adding that 25 firefighting teams had been sent to the site of the accident.

He said the fire, which is visible for many kilometers, had not damaged residential buildings.

"There is no danger that the fire will spread further," he said.

The pipeline exploded shortly after Victory Day celebrations, which included a massive fireworks show.

A police source told RIA Novosti that the pipeline could have been damaged intentionally. He added that bomb experts of the Russian Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service would start investigating causes of the explosion as soon as the fire is extinguished.

According to experts, it will take two hours to extinguish the fire completely. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has arrived at the site of the explosion.


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