India gas pipeline blast kills 15 people

A state-controlled gas pipeline exploded in India Friday, catching fire and killing at least 15 people.

The blast also destroyed nearby homes and forced the evacuation of neighboring villages in Andhra Pradesh, authorities said, according to The Associated Press.


The fire caused by the explosion also injured 14 other people in the state's East Godavari district, AP reports.

The pipeline that burst, was operated by GAIL industries, the largest state-owned natural gas company in India.

"People are angry that GAIL authorities didn't pay heed when they complained that the pipes had become rusty," said State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu.