ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A gas explosion near a pipeline in northwest Turkey’s Sakarya province was believed to have been caused by a landslide, the state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted the province’s governor as saying.
“We estimate the incident happened due to a landslide on the main distribution line,” Sakarya governor Ahmet Hamdi Nayir said.
A Turkish energy official said the explosion was being investigated but early indications suggested it was not caused by an attack.
The fire brigade was fighting a fire in Arifiye district where the explosion took place, Anadolu said. Broadcaster TRT Haber showed video footage of the blaze.
Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans and Darren Schuettler