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Explosions Kill 3, Injure 61, After Fireworks Detonation In Armenian Capital

Explosions Kill 3, Injure 61, After Fireworks Detonation In Armenian Capital


Explosions tore through a shopping mall when a fireworks warehouse started to cook-off in Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported, killing three people and injuring more than 60. Video footage shows grey smoke billowing over a building and people scurrying away from the area.



Rescue workers searched through twisted metal and rubble for survivors as clouds of dust and smoke hung thickly in the air. Bystanders helped victims move away from the debris. Interfax news agency quoted Armenia’s Emergency Ministry as saying the body of a third victim had been recovered. Officials had earlier reported two deaths. Reportedly the fire has been extinguished, but strong winds still posed a threat, rescue teams will continue the search for survivors through the night. The Emergencies Ministry said initial investigation showed two large explosions brought down part of a building housing firework. Armenia’s Health Ministry said 61 people had been injured, with several treated in hospitals.

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