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Explosion averted at gas station

A MAN tried to set fire to a gas station in Nová Baňa on November 28, and only quick-thinking employees prevented a potential tragedy, police say.

A MAN tried to set fire to a gas station in Nová Baňa on November 28, and only quick-thinking employees prevented a potential tragedy, police say.

At least six people at the gas station were in danger, and the damage could have been even greater because the Slovnaft station is a residential neighbourhood, the Sme daily wrote.

A man went to the gas station that afternoon and poured about eight litres of gas from the pump to the ground, said the district police superintendent from the Town of Žiar nad Hronom, Vladimír Mihál. The gas station staff tried to stop him, but before they could, he lit matches and set the gasoline on fire.

“People’s lives were in danger,” Mihál said. “If the fuel pump had exploded, the LPG gas tank would have also exploded.”

The gas station staff stepped in before the tank could explode, he said. An explosion could have caused damages worth tens of thousands of Slovak crowns, preliminary police investigations showed.

The suspect didn’t give any explanation for his actions.

Juraj N., 55, has been charged with causing danger to the public. He faces a sentence of four to 10 years in jail. He already had several charges against him.

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