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    A general view of the motorway after an accident caused a large explosion and fire at Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, August 6, 2018

    Huge Explosion Near Bologna Airport, Casualties Reported (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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    Earlier in the day, Italian users started sharing photos and videos of the black fumes on social media, claiming that an explosion had occurred at the Bologna airport.

    Flames and fumes near the Bologna airport frightened Italians on Monday. According to the police, the panic was caused by a traffic accident on a nearby highway.

    A large truck, hauling fuel materials, caught fire, igniting other vehicles and triggering the explosion, significantly damaging the highway. According to the Rainews24 broadcaster, at least one person died due to the accident, while 55 people were injured.

    The highway was blocked by the damaged cars, preventing emergency services from putting out the fire.


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