17 die in east China restaurant blast

At least 17 people died after an explosion ripped through a restaurant in east China’s Anhui Province on Saturday.

A fire then broke out in the eatery, which is located on a popular snack street in Wuhu city.

The explosion occurred around noon, when many students and company employees were inside for lunch.

An initial investigation shows a gas cylinder leak was to blame for the accident.

The restaurant’s owner and his wife were both injured when trying to put out the fire with water and fire extinguisher.

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