Shrapnel, high security in Turkmen town after blasts

July 8, 2011 06:15

ABADAN, Turkmenistan - Army and police units patrolled Abadan on Friday after several explosions were heard in the town close to the Turkmen capital.

Residents of Ashgabat, capital of the gas-rich, secretive Central Asian state, reported hearing several loud blasts coming from nearby Abadan at about 4 pm (1100 GMT) on Thursday and said electricity supplies were intermittent.

The authorities said fireworks had detonated at a storage facility in Abadan due to hot weather. It said there were no casualties or serious destruction.

The website of Turkmenistan's exiled opposition said army ammunition depots were on fire about 20 km (12 miles) outside Ashgabat.

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