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Garbage Dump Explosion Toll Stands at 27, 12 Missing

April 30, 1993

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ The death toll of a methane gas explosion at a city garbage dump stood at 27 on Friday with 12 people still missing, officials said.

An avalanche of rubbish crashed onto squatter shacks in a gorge below the dump Wednesday after methane gas formed by decomposing garbage caused the explosion.

Search crews combed the trash heap Friday for more bodies. Officials believe there are no more survivors.

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