Oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey explodes

Oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey explodes

An oil pipeline in Turkey's southeastern city of Kahramanmaras exploded on Tuesday evening, blocking highway transportation and posing a danger to the settlements nearby.

The cause of the pipeline explosion in the Narli neighborhood of Pazarcik district is not known yet, Anadolu Agency reported.

The highway between the cities of Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep was closed to traffic after fire caused by the explosion spread to the road, it added.

"According to the first information we received, the fire is expected to continue until the morning," Ibrahim Yilmazcan, mayor of Pazarcik, a town in the southern part of Kahramanmaras Province, told Anadolu.

Weather conditions cause difficulty in firefighting work, he noted.

No casualties are reported yet, Kahramanmaras Governor Omer Faruk Coskun said in a statement.