Gas explosion kills 1, hurts 2 at Venezuela gym

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 09:17

Caracas: Venezuelan authorities say a gas leak caused an explosion in a gym just after a judo competition in the mining town of Puerto Ordaz. Officials say a journalist was killed and two other people were injured.
Sports Minister Alejandra Benitez says the blast occurred Monday afternoon in a stall that was selling drinks and food at the competition. She blames a gas leak in the stall`s kitchen.

Benitez tells Venezuelan Television that journalist Ivette Rebolledo died while being taken to the hospital. The minister says one of the injured is a 12-year-old girl who was one of participating athletes. No information has been released on the other injured person.

Puerto Ordaz is about 650 kilometers (400 miles) southeast of Caracas.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 09:17

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