December 28th, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Myanmar state TV: Blast in area of Yangon kills 20

An explosion early Thursday rocked a neighborhood in the city of Yangon killing 20 people and injuring more than 95, Myanmar's state-run television MR TV reported.

The blast occurred in Mingalar Taung Nyunt, a mainly residential area about a 15 minute-drive from central Yangon, the country's former capital. It struck a compound of warehouses that the government rents out to private businesses.

"I can't tell what is the exact cause of the incident but it is unlikely from man-made bombs," said a police official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The authorities are investigating the explosion, he said.

Win Tun, who lives near the warehouses, said she heard a "very big, loud noise of explosion," which prompted startled residents to try to flee.

"Some people ran in the wrong way. I didn't know where to run to," she said, adding that the initial blast was followed by a string of other explosions.

The dead include four firefighters, MR TV reported.

The strength of the explosion shattered the windows of nearby houses.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    "I can't tell what is the exact cause of the incident but it is unlikely from man-made bombs,"
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    ALIENS MUST HAVE MADE THESE BOMBS....????

    December 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    they got ->iced= improvised chicken exploding device

    December 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)

    Use your own name fake bobcat.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pidgeon

    They need major medical, boyyyy!

    Major medical!
    Major medical!

    December 29, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. TCR C2

    @ n saidi please check #2 on pulling personal from afghan this individual is sick please stop him thank you

    December 29, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |