July 21, 2010 / 5:57 AM / 10 years ago

Blast hits natural gas pipeline in eastern Turkey

ISTANBUL, July 21 (Reuters) - A pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran was hit by an explosion in eastern Turkey, state-run news agency Anatolian (AA) reported on Wednesday, adding the cause of the blast was not yet known.

The explosion occurred near the village of Topcatan in the province of Dogubayazit, close to the Iranian border, damaging windows of local houses and work places and setting fire to the pipeline.

Once the valves were shut firefighters were able to tackle the blaze and bring it under control, AA said. (Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Michael Urquhart)

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