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We Had a Blast, Not a Bomb

Gas Tank Explosion in Kuta on July 9th Provides Jitters and Memories of Past Tragic Bali Events.

(7/14/2008) A large explosion in Kuta on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, fueled incorrect initial reports on several national news channels that Bali had, once again, fell victim to another terrorist attack.

Police have ruled out any terrorist or criminal connections to the incident. The explosion was traced by police forensic experts to a faulty LPG cylinder and a short circuit in the wiring at a travel kiosk located on Jalan Setiabudi, near the Simpang Siur turnabout.

As reported in DenPost, some members of the local Bali community have strongly disparaged the rush to judgment by several national TV stations who were overly quick to air news of the "terrorist attack" featured as breaking news on their broadcasts. Also voiced as a criticism by some Bali residents was the apparent lack of equal vigor from the same television stations in airing clarification of their earlier dramatic announcements.

Several employees at the travel shop who sustained minor injuries in the blast were treated as outpatients at local medical facilities.