Lithuania gas explosion blamed on technical malfunction


              Employees work at the site of the damaged pipeline near Valakeliai village, outside Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. A powerful gas pipeline explosion that prompted the evacuation of a village in northern Lithuania was most likely caused by a technical malfunction, the head of the country's natural gas transmission system said Saturday. The blast Friday evening sent flames 50 meters (about 150 feet) into the sky. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
            
              Employees work at the site of the damaged pipeline near Valakeliai village, outside Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. A powerful gas pipeline explosion that prompted the evacuation of a village in northern Lithuania was most likely caused by a technical malfunction, the head of the country's natural gas transmission system said Saturday. The blast Friday evening sent flames 50 meters (about 150 feet) into the sky. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
            
              Employees work at the site of the damaged pipeline near Valakeliai village, outside Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. A powerful gas pipeline explosion that prompted the evacuation of a village in northern Lithuania was most likely caused by a technical malfunction, the head of the country's natural gas transmission system said Saturday. The blast Friday evening sent flames 50 meters (about 150 feet) into the sky. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
            
              Employees work at the site of the damaged pipeline near Valakeliai village, outside Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. A powerful gas pipeline explosion that prompted the evacuation of a village in northern Lithuania was most likely caused by a technical malfunction, the head of the country's natural gas transmission system said Saturday. The blast Friday evening sent flames 50 meters (about 150 feet) into the sky. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
            
              A flame rises after an explosion at a gas pipeline near Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Officials say an explosion has occurred in a pipeline in central Lithuania carrying natural gas to the north of the country and neighboring Latvia but no supply disruptions or injuries were reported. Baltic media reported that Friday's blast sent flames up to 50 meters (164 feet) into the sky and forced the protective evacuation of a nearby village. (AP Photo/Paulius Zidonis)
            
              A flame rises after an explosion at a gas pipeline near Pasvalys, 175 km (109 miles) north of Vilnius in northern Lithuania on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Officials say an explosion has occurred in a pipeline in central Lithuania carrying natural gas to the north of the country and neighboring Latvia but no supply disruptions or injuries were reported. Baltic media reported that Friday's blast sent flames up to 50 meters (164 feet) into the sky and forced the protective evacuation of a nearby village. (AP Photo/Paulius Zidonis)
Lithuania gas explosion blamed on technical malfunction