A gas explosion ripped through a shopping complex in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday (October 21), killing at least 15 people and injuring over 100 others.
GV Crowds near wrecked shop
LV Debris PAN TO SV Crowds
GV Fire engines PAN TO CU man clearing debris
SVs Damaged shops & vehicles
MLV Broken windows TILT DOWN GV people in street
MV Police van by shop
MV Doctors & nurses at scene
MLV Blown-out garage PAN rescue vehicles in street
TV Damaged area
MLV Doctors & nurses
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Tonight, more than four hours after the explosion wrecked a Glasgow block of ships, rescue teams are still digging in the rubble searching for more victims. They're being hampered in their search by risk of yet another explosion. At one point, all rescue work had to be stopped and the teams evacuated from the area because of the danger of a single spark igniting a pocket of gas in the rubble. Scottish gas board engineers have been investigating the whole area trying to pinpoint areas of danger. Trains from a local suburban line have been halted; gas and electricity supplies have been cut off; and the local police chief has requested that telephones in Clarkson are used for emergency calls only. Two cranes brought in to clear the heaviest rubble have only been used within the past hour because of the explosion risk. It's under this rubble -- huge slabs of precast concrete -- that the rest of the victims lie. The teams working at the disaster scene include police, firemen and mobile surgical teams from Glasgow hospitals, rushed out in a plan formulated after the Ibrox disaster earlier this year.
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Background: A gas explosion ripped through a shopping complex in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday (October 21), killing at least 15 people and injuring over 100 others. It sent hundreds of tons of concrete and metal crashing to the ground, and by early Friday (October 22) morning some victims still trapped underneath as teams of police, ambulance and fire workers struggled to rescue them. From the scene of the disaster, this dramatic film of the explosion's horrifying aftermath.
SYNOPSIS: A gas explosion ripped through a shopping complex in Glasgow. Britain, on Thursday killing at least 15 people and injuring over a hundred others. The explosion wrecked several shops and cars and send hundreds of tons of concrete and metal crashing to the ground. By early Friday morning several victims were still trapped underneath as rescue teams struggled to free them.
Eyewitnesses said dismembered heads and arms littered the street after the disaster. Hours afterwards, screams and cries from trapped victims, could still be heard. At one stage, danger of a second explosion brought rescue efforts to a halt when sparks from cranes at work threatened to ignite a pocket of gas trapped in the debris. All electricity and gas in the area was cut off, and people were asked to use telephones only in emergencies. Hundreds of residents in surrounding houses were evacuated while rescue operations continued through the night and the next day.