Italy: Explosion in Milan Sets Multiple Cars Ablaze

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, several cars and motorbikes went up in flames after a van carrying oxygen cylinders exploded in the center of Milan in northern Italy.

    • Footage from the scene showed a plume of black smoke billowing between buildings as firefighters and rescue teams rushed to extinguish the flames.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Surprisingly, the authorities have ruled out terrorism and criminal intent without proper investigation. The severity of the carnage and conflicting statements about the cause of the explosion and also how the driver sustained injuries make the unfortunate incident suspicious.

    Narrative B

    The van was transporting large oxygen cylinders to a nearby medical facility. Oxygen is a highly dangerous hazardous material, and it's quite probable that the van's driver didn't follow the correct safety protocols.

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