Prague blast probe begins

A gas leak has officially been blamed for a powerful explosion at a building on Divadelní street that injured 35 people April 29, prompting experts to once again warn against the dangers of an aging energy infrastructure.

It is not the first time a gas explosion has hit the city. There have been 13 major incidents in the past decade, resulting in four deaths. In February 2006, for example, two men were killed in a blast at the U Arbesa restaurant in Prague 5 after a gas pipe, weakened by heat from badly laid electrical cables, began leaking.
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