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Bolivian police inspecting site of explosion that killed 6

Oruro, Bolivia, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Bolivian police in Sunday inspected the site of the explosion that killed six people and injured 28 in a street market in the western city of Oruro.

Bolivian Police criminal and forensic specialists, along with explosives experts, firefighters and National Hydrocarbons Agency technicians were dispatched to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The members of the Police University's technical and scientific investigations institute (IITCUP) collected samples at the site of Saturday's blast, along with taking measurements and photographs.

Some vendors remained at their kiosks all night, afraid of leaving their merchandise unattended on the streets all night, one of them, Lucia Nina, told EFE.

She said that she felt the explosion as "a boom," with a blast waves that rattled their kiosks, and then people began to shout without knowing "what to do," as the cloud of dust from the explosion cascaded over them.

"People who were walking by - innocent people - died," said Nina near the grandstand where the Oruro Carnival parade passed by with thousands of people in attendance.

One local resident, Maximo HuayƱapaco, told EFE that his home had the windows shattered and damage to the interior.

"By luck, we were not there, we were watching (the parade)," he said.

The initial hypothesis of the police is that cooking oil spilled from a pan, causing a gas cylinder to overheat, leak and then explode at a streetside eatery in the city of 285,000 on the Andean altiplano.

Six people - four of them children - were killed in the blast and 28 were injured, according to figures provided by police. Although the explosion occurred near where the parade was under way, all the dead and injured apparently were in the street market and not among the parade spectators or participants.

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