1 reported dead after accident causes explosion near Bologna airport

Video gran of fireball emanating after the explosion near Italy Airport

A road accident caused a large explosion and a fire near Bologna airport in northern Italy on Monday, police said, and local media reported some people had been injured.

Italian media quoted the Bologna prefecture as saying that two people had been killed, but when asked for confirmation by AFP, a spokeswoman said that the official toll remained one dead, with 68 injured.

The collision sent a huge ball of fire and billows of black smoke soaring into the sky.

Most of the videos were taken from inside passing cars where people were able to shield themselves from the blast and subsequent heat.

Italian prosecutors said the tanker was filled with liquefied petroleum gas, otherwise known as propane, used as a fuel in heaters, cooking equipment and vehicles. "Numerous injured received cuts from flying glass, which had shattered", said Giovanni Carella, the emergency coordinator for the local fire service.

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The explosion was caused by an accident involving a truck that was transporting flammable substances, which exploded upon impact. Aerial photos showed a gaping hole in the highway next to the tanker. Circulation compromised, not only on the motorway, but also in the Borgo Panigale area'.

A video taken from a fire service helicopter as firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze and secure the area.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DFA said the Philippine Consulate General in Milan reported that a total of 10 Filipinos, among them two minors and two infants, were affected by the blast.

Italian police told the ANSA news agency on August 6 that 14 people were seriously injured in the explosion, which was caused by a vehicle carrying flammable materials.

The fire closed a major junction to the Adriatic coast.

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