Bologna Bridge Explosion Leaves 3 Dead, 70 Injured, Italian Police Say

Huge Explosion Near Italy's Bologna Airport Triggered By Road Accident

A major explosion on a highway in Bologna, Italy, has left at least one dead and up to 70 people injured, the Associated Press reports.

The fiery blast was so powerful, it shook homes near Bologna Airport and caused a bridge to partially collapse, according to the Independent.

More than a dozen people were seriously injured, local media said.

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Photos on social media showed a huge ball of fire and black smoke billowing into the sky at the scene of the crash.

Officials did not immediately know what kind of explosives were in the tanker, but the news agency ANSA said it was liquefied petroleum gas.

The bridge collapsed under the force of the blast, spreading the fire to a auto park where several other vehicles caught fire and exploded.

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A lorry carrying cars reportedly collided with a tanker containing flammable materials.

Most of the videos were taken from inside passing cars where people were able to shield themselves from the blast and subsequent heat.

In a tweet, Bologna Airport said it wasn't affected by the explosion.

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A video shot from a parked vehicle at the moment of the explosion appeared to show a man engufled by flames when the tanker exploded.

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