Footage has emerged showing the moment a massive blast at a natural gas pipeline tore through the outskirts of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent.
Terrified drivers watched as the huge fireball rose into the night sky late on Tuesday, turning it bright red.
Emergency vehicles raced to the scene, but no injuries were reported because the fire occurred in an isolated area.
The blaze raged for three hours and was visible from central Tashkent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Crews used mobile cranes to make urgent repairs.
Authorities said a surge in gas pressure may have ruptured the ageing pipeline.
At least 30,000 people were expected to be without natural gas for several days.
The blast comes weeks after two explosions rocked warehouses in Tianjin in northern China, killing more than a hundred people.