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At Least 25 Dead, More Than 250 Injured In Fiery Taiwan Gas Explosions

Five deadly blasts shook southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung late Thursday night.

UPDATED — Aug. 1, 2014 8:05 a.m. ET:

2. At least 25 people are dead and 267 injured after a series of five explosions in Taiwan’s second-largest city, the Associated Press reported.

At least 25 people are dead and 267 injured after a series of five explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city, the Associated Press reported .

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3. The Kaohsiung explosions were apparently caused by gas leaks late Thursday night.

The Kaohsiung explosions were apparently caused by gas leaks late Thursday night.

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4. Four firefighters are reportedly among the dead.

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Four firefighters are reportedly among the dead.

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5. On Friday, three people remained missing.

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On Friday, three people remained missing.

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6. Smoke and a “gas-like smell” seeped from street drains before the explosions, the BBC reported via China’s Xinhua.

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Smoke and a "gas-like smell" seeped from street drains before the explosions, the BBC reported via China's Xinhua.

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7. The explosions were said to feel “like an earthquake,” according to reports on social media.

The explosions were said to feel "like an earthquake," according to reports on social media.

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8. This crowd-sourced map includes the explosion sites and relief areas.

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This crowd-sourced map includes the explosion sites and relief areas.

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9. Some schools and offices have reportedly canceled Friday operations.

Some schools and offices have reportedly canceled Friday operations.

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10. According to Taiwan Voice, city officials have advised residents to not use gas or electricity.

According to Taiwan Voice , city officials have advised residents to not use gas or electricity.

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A policeman and the covered body of a victim.

11. These videos, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, claim to have captured the explosions.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5Oqk3KEtMHw. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KmEZNKAfh1Y.

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