Explosion rips through supermarket before opening hours in southern Russia

Moscow: A powerful explosion caused by a suspected gas leak ripped through a supermarket in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz before opening hours on Friday, authorities said.

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No one was thought dead from the explosion. The supermarket’s guard said he had been asleep in the building and had survived the blast largely unscathed.

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Footage circulated on social networks showed smoke rising from the site of the supermarket near residential flats.

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“I fell asleep when it was nearly morning and woke up from the explosion. I crawled out of there somehow,” the guard said in footage published by the RIA news agency.

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Doctors had looked him over, he said, and his condition seemed fine.

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