Gas Explosion Narrowly Averted in Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -

A potentially disastrous explosion was narrowly averted on Tuesday morning after police and firefighting units responded to a call about a gas leak in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in eastern Yerushalayim, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Apartment building residents had called in to report a strong smell of gas, which subsequently was found to be coming from two deliberately severed gas lines to their building, police said.

“The pipes were intentionally cut, which caused extreme danger, so police evacuated three buildings in the area and shut off the gas supply,” the police official said shortly after the incident.

The police did not immediately conclude it was a terrorist attack, pending an investigation.

“This was very suspicious and a special investigation unit is investigating all possible directions,” the spokesperson said. “There would have been an explosion within minutes if the gas was not shut down.”