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Oxygen tanker van explodes in Milan; driver injured


MILAN (AP) — A van carrying oxygen tanks to a nearby medical facility exploded in the center of…

MILAN (AP) — A van carrying oxygen bottles to a nearby medical facility exploded Thursday in the center of the Italian city of Milan, forcing a school and residential apartment buildings to be evacuated. The driver suffered minor injuries.

Images on Sky TG24 show a dark plume of smoke rising from a narrow street near Porta Romana, where flames scorched nearby cars and motorcycles and exploded windows in neighboring buildings, including the school. The fire service quickly had the fire under control.

The driver of the van injured his hand trying to douse the flames, firefighter Carlo Cardinali told reporters on the scene. The driver was treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

It was not immediately known what caused the explosion, but Cardinali said the rapid spread of the flames was due to the amount of explosive material on board. The police investigated.

About 200-300 children from a primary, secondary school and daycare complex were evacuated without incident, Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala told Sky TG24.

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