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Two Dead In Blast At Russian Sewage Plant

(RFE/RL) September 16, 2006 -- Russian officials say an explosion at a sewage plant early on September 16 killed two people and wounded 12 others. One person is still missing.

The Emergency Situations Ministry says the blast in the town of Pavshino, five kilometers outside Moscow, was probably caused by a buildup of explosive gases.

A ministry spokeswoman, Natalia Lukash, ruled out terrorism.

The explosion caused the roof of the three-story structure to cave in, shattered windows in nearby houses, and damaged some roofs.

It also left Pavshino and a number of nearby towns and villages without water.

(ITAR-TASS, AP, RIA Novosti, Interfax)

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