Judicial agents detain vendor in case of Alajuela gas explosion

Judicial agents have detained the man who sold a tank of liquid petroleum gas that exploded a week ago at a small eating place in Barrio el Carmen in Alajuela.

Six persons, including a 3-year-old suffered serious burns and other injuries in the blast. Subsequently three of the women died.

Judicial agents and fire fighters began an investigation to see what had taken place. The Cuerpo de Bomberos said later Jan, 21 that the tank containing the gas appeared to have ruptured.

The suspect in the case is a 62-year-old man who sells the gas in tanks. He was detained by judicial agents as he drove on a delivery route Friday afternoon. Agents said that some of the tanks the man was carrying had been damaged and some were rusty.

Fire fighters have warned about using tanks that have dents or rust for fear of a leak.

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