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Explosion Shakes Venezuela Military Base - 2003-10-06

An explosion and fire has rocked an air force base in Caracas, Venezuela.

Firefighters sprayed foam to put out the blaze at the La Carlota Airfield, the headquarters of Venezuela's Air Force and also a private aviation landing field often used by President Hugo Chavez.

No casualties were reported. Officials say two aviation fuel trucks were destroyed. The cause of the blast is being investigated.

The airport incident follows an explosion at Miraflores Presidential Palace in September that damaged the barracks of Mr. Chavez's honor guard.

Most recently, a grenade exploded Friday at the headquarters of government's telecommunications agency, after it carried out a raid against a private television channel called Globovision that has been critical of the government.

Globovision says the seizure of equipment needed to broadcast live reports from the street was the government's first step toward shutting down the station.