Residents of blast-hit Turkmen town trickle home

AP News
Posted: Jul 08, 2011 6:42 AM
Residents of blast-hit Turkmen town trickle home

Residents have began trickling back to their homes in a town in Turkmenistan hit by massive blasts that authorities say happened in a fireworks warehouse.

An Associated Press reporter on Friday saw signs of incinerated debris littering the streets and several houses showing signs of heavy damage from the explosion that shook the town of Abadan a day earlier.

The site of the blast was being guarded by police and was still smoldering mid-afternoon.

Authorities in the deeply secretive Central Asian nation say there were no casualties. An exiled opposition group dismissed the official explanation, saying the blast was not caused by fireworks but by an arms depot explosion, and that many have been killed.

Parliament speaker Akzha Nurberdiyeva said people whose homes have been heavily damaged will be compensated.