A gas leak at a restaurant on one of the busiest streets in Antalya caused an explosion at 6:45 a.m. Monday, frightening residents and alarming police and rescue teams, but there were no casualties.
The leak originated from a restaurant in the basement of a six-story building. The explosion caused serious financial loss both for the restaurant and nearby buildings and shops.
“We woke up to a terrible sound that we did not recognize at first. It was so disturbing that we rushed outside the house, and then saw the disaster-like scene,” said Hayriye Sönmez, a 52-year-old resident.
Sönmez said the police arrived at the scene shortly after the explosion and took the necessary precautions.
“The minutes after the explosion were dangerous for us all, since a second or third explosion might occur, endangering our lives,” she said. “But the police stepped in at the right t
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