Skip to main content
CNN EditionWorld
The Web    CNN.com     
Powered by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERVICES
 
 
 
SEARCH
Web CNN.com
powered by Yahoo!

At least 189 hurt in Turkish gas station blast

Report: Explosion occurred as fuel truck filled station's tanks

image
A ball of fire fills the sky following an explosion at a Turkish gas station.

Story Tools

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- An explosion at a gas station in central Ankara on Saturday night injured at least 189 people, the country's minister of health said.

Some of the injured were at a wedding on the third floor of the building that housed the gas station, Health Minister Recep Akdag said, but most were in and around the station when the explosion occurred.

The bride and groom were among the injured, he said.

The explosion happened about 9:20 p.m. [2:20 p.m. EDT] as a truck refilled the gasoline tanks at the station, located in a crowded residential neighborhood in the Turkish capital, CNN Turk reported.

The fire was put out about three hours later, the network said.

Three of those hurt suffered serious injuries and four were in critical condition, Akdag said. By Sunday morning, 46 people remained in hospitals, he said.

Akdag and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the scene after the explosion, and went to the hospital where most of the victims are being treated, according to the network.

Turkey's interior and justice ministers also went to the site of the explosion, according to CNN Turk.

Officials were examining laws that allowed the wedding hall to be built atop the gas station, Akdag said.

CNN Turk is a joint venture between Dogan Media Group, a leading Turkish media organization, and Atlanta, Georgia-based CNN.

CNN Turk's Fatih Turkmenoglu contributed to this report.


Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards
 
 
 
 

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
SEARCH
   The Web    CNN.com     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser.
CNN.com does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.