RABAT, Morocco (AP) _ A natural gas container exploded in the basement of a hardware store in central Rabat, the Moroccan capital, killing five people and injuring 14, officials said Saturday.

The blast Friday nighth broke windows in neighboring buildings and started a raging fire, authorities said. Killed were the shop's owner, two employees and two customers.

It was not immediately clear what caused the container to explode. Bottled natural gas is sold in the neighborhood for cooking and for heating water.