Four killed in gas cylinder blast

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 18:10 hrs

Thane, Nov 20 (IANS) At least four people were killed and another 17 hurt in a powerful gas cylinder blast in a hotel in Maharashtra's Virar city Tuesday evening, police said.

The incident occurred in the backyard of Hotel Shreya, near Virar railway station around 8.30 p.m. in Thane district, said an official of Thane rural police control.

According to police, quoting initial reports, patrons dining in the hotel bore the brunt of the blast, leaving four dead and another 17 injured.

"The causes behind the blast, including whether the cylinders were illegally stored and other aspects are being investigated," the official said.

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