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BUS BLAST WAS ACCIDENTAL, POLICE SAY

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The explosion that tore through a Bogota bus, killing seven people Sunday, was apparently accidental and not the work of drug lords at war with the Colombian government, police said Monday.

The bus exploded on a highway north of the capital and initial police reports said it appeared to have been hit by a firebomb.But after further investigations, police said the most probable cause of the blast was a short circuit accompanied by sparks that set off some flammable liquid carried in a plastic container by one of the passengers.

"We don't know whether it was gasoline, ether or another inflammable substance," a police spokesman said.

Fire and police officials said the bus driver heard an explosion aboard the bus before it was engulfed in flames. The dead included three children, and eight people were seriously injured.

Police initially said they were investigating the possibility that the bus explosion was related to the wave of bomb attacks that have rocked Colombia since the government declared war on drug lords on Aug. 18.