1 dead, more than a dozen injured at a natural gas plant explosion in Austria

Explosion at a natural gas plant in east Austria. (AFP)

One dead and at least 18 injured, result of a large explosion in natural gas facility in Austria.

The blast at the Baumgarten site east of Vienna, near the Slovak border, was followed by fires.

Austrian police said on Twitter the situation was under control and a technical fault had caused the blast.

Baumgarten is a major hub for imported Russian gas, which is sent on to a number of European countries. The facility receives about 40bn cubic metres of gas per year.

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