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German police evacuate apartment building after deadly explosion

By Clyde Hughes
German police evacuate apartment building after deadly explosion
Smoke rises from the windows of an apartment building in Blankenburg, Germany, on Friday after an explosion killed a man living inside. Photo by Magdeburg Police/Twitter

Dec. 13 (UPI) -- One person was killed Friday in an explosion at a German apartment building where gas canisters and decades-old ammunition had been stored, officials said.

The explosion occurred in Blankenburg in central Germany, about 60 miles southeast of Hanover.

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Authorities said the blast killed a 78-year-old man and seriously injured more than two dozen people. They evacuated the rest of the building as a precaution, Magdeburg Police said.

Police said the explosion demolished the balcony of the apartment at the center of the blast, along with several nearby vehicles.

Investigators said they found a stockpile of World War II-era ammunition and liquid gas containers inside the man's apartment, and believe they were responsible for the explosion.

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