PATNA, India (AP) — Police say five people have been killed and another 23 injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas leak in a government-run steel plant in central India.

A police officer says the accident happened in Bhillai steel plant in Chhattisgarh state on Thursday. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Aaj Tak television news channel said that methane and carbon monoxide leaked from the plant following the explosion.